Child Custody


Morton McGoldrick’s attorneys understand that a child custody determination can have a major impact on your life and that of your child. Parental separation is very stressful for everyone involved, and it is important to have a skilled representative who can help you establish a workable parenting plan. A child custody attorney from our office can help parents in Gig Harbor and the Kitsap Peninsula work towards a positive outcome no matter where they are in the legal process.

We Work for Your Best Interests

Child custody cases don’t always have to be contentious. When both parties can set aside their differences for each other’s sake and that of their children, an experienced child custody attorney can help ensure agreements meet your needs. Many basic custody provisions may be worked out outside of court. Even if the parents can reach an agreement, it is still important to establish a Residential Schedule or Parenting Plan to clearly protect your interests. When the parents are in agreement, these will just need the signature of a judge.

With the aid of a child custody attorney, Gig Harbor parents can consider all of their options. Parenting plans cover much more than where and when a child spends their time. They dictate whom the child lives with, who makes decisions on behalf of the child and how they are made, as well as how disagreements will be resolved in the future. A judge may not sign off on a plan they find the agreement to be inadequate.

Child Custody Attorney Representation in Court

When the parents cannot agree, a case will go to court. This puts the final decision in the hands of a judge who will create a parenting plan in the best interest of the child. In Washington State that is the largest consideration a judge will have during a child custody case.

This may result in a plan that does not benefit either parent, or excludes a parent entirely. Without the service of a qualified child custody attorney, Gig Harbor parents may find their case being determined by a one sided judgement that isn’t in their favor.

A Child Custody Lawyer in Your Corner Can Make all the Difference

Our team of child custody attorneys will work to make sure your interests are represented. We will defend and advocate on your behalf. Judges frequently consider specific factors when making this decision. Some of these include a parent’s ability to:

  • Foster a caring and stable relationship with the child.
  • Exercise sound judgement.
  • Financially provide and supply basic needs like clothing, food, and health care.
  • Involve themselves with the child’s education.

There can be long-term repercussions for violating a parenting plan. Re-evaluations are infrequent unless a major change has occurred, and the failure to meet expectations as listed in the agreement may result in fines, attorney fees, and sometimes imprisonment. Making sure you can carry out the plan is an important consideration.

Grandparents and Others Who Seek Child Custody

Sometimes aunts, uncles, grandparents, and or other relatives may seek custody of children when parents are unwilling or unable to care for them. Our family law attorneys are experienced helping family members acquire custody in these situations. The cases are often contested and therefore, having an experienced child custody attorney on your side, can mean the difference in the success of the case.

Contact us for a Child Custody Attorney Today

Our firm has 90 years of experience aiding parents in creating parenting plans, defending parental rights, and attaining positive outcomes for their children and themselves. Get the knowledge, advice, and experience you want a child custody attorney to possess both outside and inside the court room with Morton McGoldrick Call (253) 655-2275 or contact us today.