When separating or divorcing, think long and hard about the child custody & visitation arrangement. In most cases, temporary orders for custody become permanent at the trial phase. Once a custody order is finalized, it is very difficult to change unless there are circumstances that prove that the order is no longer in the best interest of the child.
Of course, it is always better if both parents can agree on the custody arrangement. This is the best alternative for the following reasons:
- it is less costly as there is usually no need for a trial
- when parents are cooperative, they are usually thinking about what is in the best interest of the child and not their own self-interest
- children are happier & feel more secure when the parents are cooperative
Unfortunately, many parents are unable to cooperate. Custody battles can be very costly, stressful and time-consuming. The judge may order a psychological evaluation of children as well as an attorney for the children. These costs are born by one or both parents.
For more information about Child Custody and our Flat Fee legal services, speak with one of our experienced Family Law Lawyers so that you understand your legal rights and what is reasonable in your situation.
L.A.W. (Legal Action Workshop) can be reached at 1-800-HELP-444 (1-800-435-7444) for answers to your Family Law questions or you may visit our website for more information @ www.LegalActionWorkshopLAW.com .