Child Custody Laywyers Serving Tacoma

When parents separate it can be stressful for them as well as the children involved. Morton McGoldrick’s lawyers understand the impact a child custody determination can have on everyone involved. A skilled lawyer can help you design a parenting plan that works. A child custody lawyer from our office can help parties in Tacoma and Pierce County work towards an agreeable outcome no matter where they are in the legal process.

We Work for Your Best Interests

Child custody cases do not necessarily need to be decided in court. Many custody provision can be agreed upon outside of court if the parents are amenable. Establishing a Parenting Plan or Residential Schedule to safeguard your interests is a must.  When parents can agree on a Parenting Plan, the Court can simply approve it rather than having to litigate it.  A knowledgeable child custody lawyer can help institute agreements that meet the needs of each parent and those of the child when disagreements can be put aside.

With the counsel of a child custody lawyer in Tacoma, parents have the ability to examine all their available options. Parenting plans are complex. They do not just cover the ways a child will spend their time. Plans determine where and with whom a child will reside, who will make determinations on a child’s behalf and when, as well as how disputes are settled in the future. If a plan is deemed inadequate by a judge, he or she may not  approve it.

Child Custody Lawyer Representation in Court

If parents can’t agree on a parenting plan, their case will go before a Judge who will make the decision based upon the best interests of the child or children involved. This will guide their formulation of a parenting plan.   When the Judge makes the decision, it can result in a plan that in not favorable for either parent or excludes one entirely. Without the service of a qualified child custody lawyer in Tacoma, parents may find their case is determined by a Judge who does not adequately consider their interests in being able to parent their child.  To ensure that your voice is heard, hire an attorney from Morton McGoldrick with experience and a proven track record in child custody issues.

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

Our team of child custody lawyers will work to represent your interests. We will defend and advocate on your behalf. Judges frequently base their decisions regarding custody and parenting plans on multiple considerations. Some of these include a parent’s ability to:

  • Foster a relationship with the child that is caring and stable.
  • Exercise responsible judgement.
  • Supply clothing, food, healthcare and other basic needs.
  • Financially support the child.
  • Take an active role in the child’s education.

There can be long-term consequences for violating a parenting plan. Re-evaluations are not common unless one party is undergoing a major change in life circumstances. Failure to follow the provisions of the plan  can result in fines, attorney fees, and sometimes imprisonment. It is imperative you make sure you are prepared and able to carry out the parenting plan that is signed by the Judge.  It is an enforceable Court Order.

Grandparents and Others Who Seek Child Custody

Sometimes grandparents, aunts, uncles, and or other relatives may seek custody of children when parents cannot or are unwilling to care for them. Our child custody lawyers are experienced at helping family members obtain custody in these cases. These cases are often contested and therefore, having a knowledgeable child custody lawyer on your side, can mean the difference between a positive and negative result.

Contact us for a Child Custody Lawyer Today

Our firm has 90 years of experience helping parents defend their parental rights, create parenting plans, and receive beneficial determinations for their children and themselves. Get the experience, knowledge, and advice you want a child custody lawyer to possess both inside and outside a court of law with Morton McGoldrick P.S. Call (253) 655-2275 or contact us today.