When it comes to child custody, visitation and parenting plan issues, emotions can run high and can involve a great deal of litigation to resolve at a substantial expense. The last thing anyone needs or wants is a long, drawn-out trial with both emotional and financial costs. An experienced family law attorney can help you work towards an amicable resolution that is in the best interests of your children and family.
Finding Workable Solutions to Custody and Relocation Disputes
For child custody and relocation issues, the sole concern of the courts is the best interests of the children. For this reason, it is critical that you are able to show the judge that your parenting plan is in your children’s best interests. These matters also must be handled with a high level of sensitivity — we’re dealing with the life of your child, not a bank account or house.
While my first instinct will always be to attempt to try to settle the issues through negotiation, I also understand that immediate action is often required when dealing with children’s issues. In these cases, I will fight for immediate action and intervention by the court, working to resolve the issue as efficiently and compassionately as possible.
The amount of child support you will receive or pay is determined by a computer program that calculates “guideline child support”. The main factors considered in the computer program are your and the other parent’s income and the non-custodial parent’s visitation time with the children. But there are many other financial factors that are included in the support calculations.
The Court has very little leeway or discretion to vary from the guideline support amount. However, determining child support is not easy and there are many significant factors and issues that must be considered.
You need an experienced family law attorney who knows what to look for to protect your rights.