The principle of family law regarding children is that the “best interest of the child” is paramount.
Of course, if that were clear and easy to ascertain, there would be no disputes. But what each party might consider the best interests of children is often clouded by the emotions of a separation, divorce or new relationship, by mental health and substance abuse problems, by abuse or by ordinary differences of opinion, culture and religion.
We have experience in handling routine child custody disputes as well as more complex issues, such as:
relocation to another state or country;
legal custody disputes regarding religious upbringing, medical or educational choices;
the ability of people other than biological parents, (i.e., grandparents, stepparents, partners, unrelated caregivers, etc.) to pursue some form of custody of a child;
emergency circumstances involving issues such as mental health concerns, substance abuse and child abuse or recovery of children when removed or retained by the other parent; and
child abduction domestically and internationally, including federal cases involving the Hague Treaty on International Child Abduction.
Our Job is to listen carefully to your concerns, understand your perspective and family background and develop a strategy for attaining parenting orders or agreements that are in the best interests of your children.
Our experienced family lawyers will first try to negotiate a peaceful resolution to your dispute, knowing that the court process is stressful for everyone involved and sometimes results in an unpredictable outcome.
If negotiation is not possible, we are skilled litigators who understand the court process, and can make efficient use of all available legal options.
Often moving quickly is critical in ensuring a successful resolution to children's disputes. Please contact us as early as possible if you have a matter that needs to be addressed.