We can help you work out a custody agreement that is right for you and your child or represent you in litigating to achieve a desirable result. Issues related to child custody and visitation is often the most disputed issue in divorce proceedings. We help clients determine their goals and work through issues that can affect child custody including: children's schedules and needs, parent's schedules and needs, child support, tuition for college and private school, relocation issues and other related matters.
A child custody arrangement will generally determine which parent is to have physical custody and legal custody of the child, and when and how often the other parent is to have access to the child. We can help you with all aspects of your child custody issue, from creating visitation schedules to helping you resolve disputes. We feel that, in the realm of child custody, it is especially important to resolve disputes as quickly and amicably as possible. It is very unlikely that a drawn out courtroom battle would ever be in the best interests of the child.
If a custody order has already been entered in a case, and it can be shown that one of the parties is willfully not following the terms of the order, then the other party may file a specialized petition in family court seeking to hold the non complying party in contempt of court for not following the order. A party held in contempt may face penalties ranging from fines to incarceration. A Petition for Contempt filed by a party will normally be listed first before a Master who will write a report which will be available to the Judge at a subsequent hearing.
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