As family law attorneys in St. Louis, we know that nothing is more important than your family. If you’re facing a divorce or separation, child custody is one of the most important issues that you and your former spouse will negotiate. Before you start the child custody process, it is important to establish realistic expectations for your parenting plan. Below, you will find three child custody facts that can help you understand the legal process ahead, and how to get the best settlement for you and your family.
1. Parenting plans are based on the best interest of the child.
The court will seek the child’s best interest when it establishes child custody, not yours or the best interest of your partner. Issues like the child’s education, health, and well-being will contribute to the court’s determination. In order to obtain the best possible outcome for your case, you will have demonstrate that your preferred parenting plan is best for the child.
2. Modifying your child’s parenting plan is difficult.
In fact, you can’t change your child custody agreement without a good reason. If, for example, you simplywant to rearrange your custody schedule, the court will probably ignore your request. On the other hand, significant change in the factors that determined the original agreement (such as your job or housing arrangement) could be grounds for modification.
3. Fathers have the right to seek custody of their children, too.
In the past, many child custody arrangements favored mothers. Today, mothers and fathers have equal child custody rights in court. This means that, with the help of an attorney, a father can argue for a parenting plan that allows him to spend the most time with the child. In the end, the court may permit the father custody if it is in the best interest of the child.
Seeking custody? Speak with a member of The Buxner Law Firm to schedule you comprehensive case consultation with one of our lawyers.