Child Custody Lawyers
Morton McGoldrick’s lawyers understand the significance a child custody determination can have on your life and that of your child. Parental separations can be very trying for all involved, and it is important to have an experienced representative who can help you establish an agreeable parenting plan. A child custody lawyer from our office can help parents in Puyallup and Pierce County work towards a beneficial 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 disagreeable. When both parties can set aside their disagreements for each other’s sake and that of their children, an experienced child custody lawyer can help devise an agreement that meets both party’s needs. Many basic provisions of a custody agreement can be established outside of court. Even if the parents can come to an agreement, it is still advisable to establish a Parenting Plan or Residential Schedule to protect your personal interests. When the parents are in agreement, these items will just require the signature of a judge.
With the advisement of a child custody lawyer, Puyallup parents can analyze all of their options. Parenting plans cover much more than when and where a child’s time is spent. They decide whom the child will live with, who will make decisions on the child’s behalf as well as how they are made, and how disagreements in the future will be resolved. A judge may not sign off on a plan if he or she determines the agreement is not adequate.
Child Custody Lawyer Representation in Court
When the parents cannot establish an agreement, a case will go to court. This puts the determination into the hands of a judge who will base their parenting plan around the best interest of the child. In Washington State that is the primary determining factor a judge will consider when deciding on the outcome of a child custody case.
This may result in the establishment of a plan that does not benefit either party, or completely excludes one parent. Without the services of a qualified child custody lawyer, Puyallup parents may end up with a one-sided parenting plan that does not favor them. Worse yet, the plan may not be able to be modified in the future without proof of a substantial change in circumstances. Consequently, it is vital to get the plan right the first time.
A Child Custody Lawyer in Your Corner Can Make all the Difference
Our team of child custody lawyers will work to make sure your interests are represented. We will defend and advocate on your behalf. Judges typically consider specific factors when making their decision. Some of these relate to a parents’ ability to:
- Foster a caring and stable relationship with the child
- Exercise sound judgment
- Financially support and provide basic needs like clothing, food, and health care.
- Involve themselves with the child’s education.
There can be steep repercussions for violating court ordered parenting plan. Re-evaluations are unlikely unless a parent has experienced a major life change, and the failure to meet agreed upon expectations in the parenting plan can result in possible imprisonment, fines, and attorney fees. Making sure you can carry out the parenting plan is a major consideration.
Grandparents and Others Who Seek Child Custody
Sometimes grandparents, uncles, aunts, and/or other relatives may seek to obtain custody of children when parents are unwilling or unable to care for them. Our family law lawyers have the necessary experience and skill to help these family members successfully be awarded custody where appropriate. These cases are often contested and therefore, having an experienced child custody attorney on your side, can favorably determine the outcome and success of the case.
Contact us for a Child Custody Attorney Today
Our firm has 90 years of experience helping parents to craft parenting plans, defend their rights, and obtain positive outcomes for their children and themselves. Get the knowledge, experience, and advice you want a child custody lawyer to possess both outside and inside the court room with Morton McGoldrick Call (253) 655-2275 or contact us today.