Where your children spend their time both during and after the dissolution process is often one of the most challenging issues parents face. Child custody can be addressed in court or it can be determined outside of court, between parents via a method of alternate dispute resolution.
There are two aspects of custody to consider: legal custody and physical custody.
Legal custody allows parents to make decisions regarding the health, education and welfare of their children. The vast majority of people share joint legal custody. However, in certain circumstances, the parties or the court might determine only one parent should make legal custody decisions.
Physical custody refers to who the children spend their time with each week, as well as where they spend their weekends, holidays, and vacations. We share with you the various options that have worked for families and assist you in crafting a parenting plan that is in the best interest of your children. In many circumstances, we are able to help you create physical custody arrangements that customized to fit your family’s unique lifestyle.
Our office also has experience with many highly skilled professionals who specialize in families that are transitioning through divorce. These outside experts include child mediation consultants, therapists, custody evaluators and parenting coordinators. Each of these specialists plays a different role in the custody process and can be consulted should it be warranted in your particular circumstance.
Our goal at Setzer Family Law is to use our experience and resources to help make the divorce process have as little impact as possible on you and your family.