Careful Handling Of Child Custody And Order Modification Matters
Children in a divorce can bring a new level of complexity to the proceedings. In most cases, the parents are both fighting to protect the best interests of the children, but they often have very different interpretations of what might be best. It is up to the lawyers and mediators to work through these disputes until a satisfactory compromise can be found.
Ed Clausen and Joshua Hill, Jefferson City child custody attorneys at Newman, Comley & Ruth P.C., have extensive experience guiding clients through a broad range of family law matters. We understand the emotional and financial toll these proceedings can take on everyone involved. It is our goal to find a solution in the most efficient, cost-effective manner possible.
Child custody typically centers on two principles:
- Legal custody: The right to make significant lifestyle decisions regarding a child’s upbringing is typically referred to as legal custody. These decisions can be centered around education, religion or health care.
- Physical custody refers to where the child is actually staying. Parents will need to work through challenging visitation or parenting time arrangements with the help of their attorneys and the mediator.
Most often, parents will compromise on some form of shared or joint custody that benefits the child and works with each parent’s work schedule.
When Modifications Of Orders Become Necessary
It would be unreasonable to assume that a divorce order would remain effective years after the dissolution of marriage. Changes in income, relocation or changing needs of the child might all necessitate a post-decree modification. In these situations, it is wise to have the advice and guidance of an experienced lawyer rather than rely on word-of-mouth arrangements.
Experienced Family Law Representation On Your Side
If you need legal assistance from an experienced and knowledgeable Jefferson City or Columbia area attorney, please contact Newman, Comley & Ruth P.C. at 573-298-4313. Our office is located at the corner of Monroe Street and Highway 50 in Jefferson City, Missouri. It is our goal to earn your respect and trust by providing the highest level of legal service.
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