When a relationship in Louisiana comes to an end, whether through divorce or an unmarried couple’s breakup, children can be thrust into the center of the split. In these instances, like in the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie divorce discussed last week, parents may find themselves in heated exchanges over child custody. Whether you are looking to determine initial custody matters out of a divorce, or you are trying to modify child custody, you need to make sure you make strong legal arguments that support your position.
It is critical to understand that, when making a child custody determination, a court will make the best interests of the child a top priority. Therefore, if you are looking to obtain sole custody or limit the other parent’s parenting time, then you need to illustrate for the judge why taking that action would be in the child’s best interest. Like in the Jolie/Pitt case, you may be able to utilize allegations of abuse and neglect to support your claim, or you can turn to financial, substance abuse and stability matters.
At the Rowe & Manning Law Firm LLC we know that these divorce legal issues are often highly charged and emotional. With that in mind, we strive to help our clients see the matter clearly and as objectively as possible, thereby giving them a sense of what a judge will see. We work with our clients to assess the evidence at their disposal and develop a strategy that seeks to protect their and their child’s best interests.
Our firm also fights for parents who are having their custody and visitation rights threatened. In many instances, having both parents actively involved in a child’s life is beneficial. So, for these individuals, we will help them articulate why they think their contact with their child is important. We can’t guarantee an outcome in these cases, but we work hard to give every client the representation they deserve in such delicate matters.