“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
~ Dr. Seuss

CUSTODY

            The dissolution of any marriage or partnership raises many issues. When children are involved, the resulting issues are even more complex as custody and child support matters come to the forefront during a divorce or break-up.  To ensure that a fair arrangement, based upon the children’s best interests, is reached, you should contact a knowledgeable family law attorney.

            Child custody is dual faceted in that it encompasses both the physical and legal custody of the child. Physical custody refers to where the child resides, while legal custody entails the decision making process for the parents including the right to decide educational preferences, religious practices, medical treatments and the children’s involvement in various activities.  All these components must be considered during child custody proceedings.

            Idaho does not presumptively favor any particular custody assignment.  Idaho law grants both the court and the family great discretion to establish a parenting plan that will serve a child's best interests.  Pursuant to Idaho law, parents who cannot agree to a child custody agreement generally must participate in court-ordered mediation in an effort to reach non-judicial resolution.  Of course, mediation is effective only if each party is willing to compromise.  If one or both parties cannot do so then litigation will become necessary.Thus, we also provide comprehensive trial experience in contested child custody cases. 

            Our legal team can also help you resolve other aspects of custody and visitation, including "move-away" cases; modification of custody orders; establishment, enforcement or modification of visitation rights and more. 

            Our firm routinely handles child custody cases and we will help you determine a reasonable custody arrangement for you and your children. We will explain how local and state laws impact your specific case and family situation. Considering these factors, our family law attorneys will work with you to devise a plan to serve your children’s best interests.

            At the Walsh Law Group, PLLC, we will guide you throughout the entire process, work toward a fair and equitable custody agreement, and represent you at trial with care for you and your children kept at the forefront of our minds.

MODIFYING CUSTODY

             Whether your prior custody plan was reached by mutual agreement or ordered by a judge, sometimes a change in circumstances can require a modification to your existing custody, placement and/or visitation arrangements.

             We can help you pursue a custody modification if you need to adjust your child’s parenting schedule based on, but not limited to, the following reasons:

oooooo A new job
oooooo A new child
oooooo Financial constraints
oooooo Remarriage or cohabitation with a new partner
oooooo Relocation

            Remember, it is normal for parents to have disagreements about child custody, placement, parenting time, relocation and other matters relating to your children.  However, it is still important that you seek experienced legal counsel to help you through these disputes.  A knowledgeable family law attorney can help you protect your rights in a legal and reasonable manner.

ENFORCEMENT

             Also, if the other parent is not meeting his or her obligations under a current court ordered parenting plan or visitation schedule, we can help you take steps to enforce its terms.

 

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