Child Custody

When families are not together, there is a lot of stress for both parents and children. Morton McGoldrick’s attorneys understand that determining child custody in these circumstances can have a major impact on your life and the life of your child. It is important to have someone to turn help you establish a parenting plan that works for you and your children. With a child custody attorney from our office, parents in Tacoma and Pierce County have the services of a skilled representative who can guide them towards a positive outcome no matter where they are in the legal process.

We Work for Your Best Interests

Child custody cases may not have to be resolved in court. Often many of the basic provisions can be worked out. It is still important to establish a Parenting Plan or Residential Schedule with the court to protect your interests when there is a dispute. Parties that settle out of court can create a parenting plan that works for both individuals.  If this is the case it simply needs to be signed by a judge. When the relationship between parties is amicable or differences can be set aside for the creation of a parenting plan, an experienced child custody attorney can help make sure your needs are met.

Our child custody attorneys will help you think about important questions that may not seem obvious. Parenting plans cover more than just when you have time with your child. State law requires parenting plans to cover specific aspects of the child’s life, such as with whom the child  should live and when, who makes decisions for the child and how, and how parents will resolve disagreements in the future.. If a judge finds your plan inadequate in one of these areas, he or she may not sign off on it.

Child Custody Attorney Representation in Court

In the event a parental agreement cannot be decided upon, the case will go to court. The judge will have the final decision, and create the parenting plan they deem is in the best interest of the child. In Washington State that is the primary consideration of any judge presiding over a child custody case.

This can result in a plan that heavily favors a single parent or results in total custody being given to a single party. Without the service of a qualified child custody attorney, Tacoma parents may find themselves with 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 on your behalf to make sure your interests are defended and advocated. We know what considerations a judge most often bases their determinations upon. Some of these include a parent’s ability to:

  • Foster a stable and caring relationship with the children
  • Exercise good judgement

  • Provide financial support and basic needs like health care, food, and clothing
  • Involve themselves with the education of each child

Violating a parenting plan can have long-term repercussions and without a major change in circumstance can be difficult to have re-evaluated. Failure to meet agreed upon expectations may result in additional attorney fees, fines, and sometimes imprisonment. Making sure you can meet these expectations is an important consideration.

Grandparents and Others Who Seek Child Custody

Sometimes grandparents, uncles, aunts or other relatives seek custody of children because their parents are unable or unwilling to care for them.  Our family law attorneys have experience helping family members obtain custody in such situations.  The cases are often fiercely contested and therefore, having an experienced family law attorney on your side, can make the difference in being successful.

Contact Us for a Child Custody Attorney Today

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