If you are separating from your child’s other parent, you have many decisions to make. It will take focused effort to create a parenting plan that is best for you and your child or children.
At the Law Offices of Richard K. Isles, we have a proven record of helping families through transitions like this. We’ve been doing it for more than a quarter century, with testimonials from many satisfied clients.
Call 951-643-3829 to discuss your specific situation in a confidential consultation with an experienced lawyer. With offices in Riverside and two other locations, we serve clients throughout the Inland Empire.
Helping You Craft A Plan For Custody
When parents split up, there are a lot of factors involved in creating a plan for who will care for children, where the kids will live and which parent will pay for what. A lot depends on your ex — if he or she is not willing and able to negotiate the terms of a plan, then you could face a contested custody case that will have to be decided by a judge.
In many cases, however, it should be possible for you and your spouse to work out the terms of the parenting plan, so that the judge does not have to decide for you. You’ll have to decide on elements that include:
- Legal custody and physical custody – Legal custody refers to who makes the important decisions that affect the children, such as school choice, medical care and religious upbringing. Physical custody refers to who the child lives with.
- Parenting time — The older term for this is “visitation.” Today it is also called time-share and refers to how parents divide up the time with the children. These plans get very detailed, as they must cover occasions such as holidays, birthdays and vacations.
Your particular case may be contested , with a difficult ex on the other end, or allow for negotiation and a more amicable resolution. Either way, we can protect your interests, guide you through the process and keep it focused on the best interests of your child.
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