Child Custody

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Custody

Child Custody Attorney

Custodial changes or disputes can be damaging not just for the guardians involved, but for the child as well. Erin N. Grieve is a child custody attorney who handles all elements of a case in a way that puts the security, happiness and health of your child forefront.

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Custody

Courts will consider what is in the best interest of the child based on factors including the physical and mental health of parents, the wishes of the child, and a stable home environment. Joint physical custody is presumed to be in the best interest of the child, but this is determined on a case-by-case basis.

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Visitation

This is decided after child custody and entails when non-custodial parents get to spend time with their children. Holiday visitation, vacation visitation are all included when crafting a custody schedule that meets the best interest of the child.

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Relocation

When one parent wants to leave the jurisdiction area, this disrupts the custody schedule. If the parties can’t come to an agreement, the court is empowered to make a determination on where the child should live. Legal burden of proof is significant.*

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Establishing Paternity

This is essential for parties who are unmarried and wish to have a formalized custody schedule devised. Just because parties are not married, that does not change their right to see their child. Most people acknowledge paternity, but if you have doubts, you have one opportunity to confirm. Once a legal relationship is established between the father and child, a court can then order child support.

Modification of Custody
Know When to Modify a Custody Agreement

Problems, such as poor school performance or medical issues, may necessitate the change of a previous court order. This can result in a new evidentiary hearing. Depending on the current custody order, this can change the “legal burden of proof” and modify custody arrangements.

*Cases are dependent on certain factors including: financial advantage the child experiences from the move, if the move is honorable and if there is a realistic expectation for visitation with the other parent.