Disputes within the family are emotionally draining, especially when a child is involved. We work hard to ensure that all parties are treated fairly and the best interests of the child are the focus of all negotiations. Our family law experts work with parents across the Tri-State area to reach helpful solutions for families.
We welcome you to read more below about how we help and to book your free consultation in any one of our eight office locations.
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Even if you can't see eye to eye with your former partner, it is important that your child is protected from disagreements. Seeing a child stuck in the middle of a custody battle is something no parent - or attorney - wants. If you seek counsel soon, it is more likely that you and your former spouse can make these arrangements amicably out of court, through your attorneys.
Regardless of the feelings of hurt, you need to make decisions on parenting. Where will the child live? What if one parent wants to move to another state? Hiring the right family lawyer is important to ensure that your child's best interests are protected and an effective co-parenting arrangement is set up.
At this time, you will encounter legal jargon. This can differ from state to state, but your attorney at Cabanillas & Associates will explain everything to you. It is likely that you will come across the following terms, whether you come to an agreement in or out of court:
Physical custody - where the child lives. Sometimes known as residential custody.
Legal custody - which parent has legal authority to make decisions on the child's education, medical and religious matters.
Joint custody - this gives both parents equal powers of decision-making. It means joint legal custody, not joint physical custody. If agreement cannot be reached, the court will decide.
Forensic evaluation - this is an evaluation made by a mental health professional about the ability of the adult to parent. Each parent will be interviewed. The psychologist does not act as an advocate for either parent and will base their assessment on a series of interviews and tests. Typically there will be an observation session of each parent with the child, psychological testing, and gathering of information from sources such as teachers and employers. We understand that these interviews can be daunting, but our Family Law team will advise you about every aspect so that you know what to expect.