Parenting Agreement Negotiations Involving Custody and Access
One of the most important decisions you will have to make when you separate involves your children’s future.
At Marie G. Michaels & Associates, we have negotiated hundreds of agreements helping our clients resolve their parenting disputes amicably. When negotiation is unfruitful, or the best option, our lawyers have an excellent reputation with the judiciary system, as well as strong trial experience fighting for our clients’ rights.
There are many types of custody, sometimes simply called “Parenting” by the Courts. Parenting is defined as the legal and practical relationship between a parent and child, such as the right of the parent to make decisions for the child, the parent’s duty to care for the child, where the child will live, among other things.
Access is sometimes called visitation or parenting time, and is the right of a child to visit and have contact with the other parent. After a separation or divorce, access is generally given to the parent not living with the children.
Generally, children benefit from having a relationship with both parents; however in rare circumstances if a judge is not satisfied that access is in “the best interests of the children,” he or she may order supervised access, or access may be denied completely.
Supervised access orders allow a parent to visit with the children in an environment that is neutral and safe, usually with trained staff and professionals, while such parents address the issues preventing private access.
Determining custody and what is in “the best interests of the children” is often a major dispute between parents who separate.
At Marie G. Michaels & Associates, our lawyers are very experienced in all matters of custody and parenting arrangements, and are committed to putting you into the best and most realistic position going forward. Whether you have a basic paternity question, believe you have an acrimonious custody battle coming, or anything in between, we are here to represent you.
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