Experienced Child Custody Attorney Assisting Vancouver Families
A child custody dispute is often trying for both parents, but, more often than not, it’s the child who suffers the most. When tempers flare and parents’ emotions run high, children can be left with scars that last a lifetime. It’s almost always better for parents to resolve their custody issues with as little drama and acrimony as possible. Not only is this approach better for their children, but it often yields better results for you and your former partner as well. A knowledgeable Vancouver child custody attorney can help you establish a custody order that truly serves the best interests of your child.
At John L. Davis PLLC, we focus on child custody issues and other family law matters. Contact our office today to schedule your free, 10-minute consultation with our dedicated child custody attorney.
Everything You Need to Know.
Parents grappling with a custody dispute may not realize that there are two different kinds of child custody in the state of Washington: “physical” and “legal” custody. The former concerns a child’s living arrangements. When shared jointly, the child usually divides their time between her or his parents’ homes, though the amount of time they spend at each location may not be equal.
Legal custody, on the other hand, concerns issues such as where the child will go to school, obtain medical care and receive religious instruction. Keep in mind that either parent is free to make decisions on an emergency basis for the sake of their child — assuming, of course, that the child is in their custody at the time. Put more simply: if your child is injured while she or he is in your care, you needn’t seek the other parent’s permission before taking your child to receive medical treatment.
Courts Grant Joint Custody When Possible.
Washington courts will usually award joint custody if each parent is willing and able to participate in making decisions about the child’s life. If the court decides to award sole physical custody, the non-custodial parent will retain visitation rights unless extenuating circumstances apply, such as a history of child abuse, domestic violence or abandonment.
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Mr. Davis can help you present the facts of your case in a manner that will protect the rights of you and your children. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.