Custody Lawyer Gig Harbor, WA
If you and your child’s other parent are no longer together, even if you aren’t yet sure that you’re going to formally divorce, it’s important to speak with a custody lawyer Gig Harbor, WA residents trust, and to do so as soon as you can. Child custody arrangements need to be made formally in the event of separation, legal separation, and divorce. Without an enforceable child custody order, your rights and your child’s wellbeing will not be as protected legally as they should be. This is true whether your split is amicable or contentious, whether you’re hoping to share custody or seek sole custody of your child(ren).
Seeking Sole Custody of a Child – Considerations
If you are thinking about seeking sole custody of your child, you’ll need to present strong evidence to the court that this arrangement is in your child’s best interests. Unless your child’s other parent consents to this arrangement, you may have a tough legal road ahead. Securing sole custody of a child when the other parent also wants to share custody or seek sole custody isn’t generally an easy process. Certainly, our Gig Harbor, WA custody lawyer team will help you build the strongest case possible. But it’s important that you understand “from go” that securing sole custody of a child in a contentious process is challenging.
Family law judges are bound by the “best interest of the child” standard. This means that, no matter what your custody arrangement is, it will not be approved by the court unless the judge assigned to your case believes that the arrangement is in your child’s best interest. You’ll need to approach your case, at every single juncture, with this standard in mind.
It’s also important to understand that while terminology varies according to each state’s law, there are generally two kinds of custody: physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody concerns where and with whom your child lives. Legal custody concerns which parent or parents are legally entitled to make major decisions about a child’s medical care, education, religious upbringing, etc. Depending on your circumstances, you may be granted partial/joint, or sole custody of your child in either or both categories.
Child Custody Guidance Is Available
Every family’s situation is unique. As a result, it’s important to speak with the experienced Washington legal team at Robinson & Hadeed before making any assumptions – for better or for worse – about your child custody case. When you schedule a consultation with our firm, you’ll be able to ask questions, voice concerns, and alert us to your goals for your situation. Once we’ve advised you of your legal options, you’ll be able to make an informed decision concerning how you’d like to proceed. Consultations are confidential and don’t obligate you to take any action whatsoever, so there is no reason to hesitate. Call an experienced Gig Harbor, WA custody lawyer at our firm today; we look forward to speaking with you.