Child custody and visitation issues are among the most difficult to address, as each parent wants to maintain his or her involvement in the children's lives without having to give up any custody time. I have found that most parents want to have physical custody of the children at least 50 percent of the time. If the parents have a good relationship and they truly co-parent, then a 50/50 physical custody arrangement might be in the best interests of the children. To understand how the custody process works, turn to me, Bonnie Rossi, Attorney at Law. I have handled many child custody and visitation cases throughout the course of my career and can help educate you on the aspects of your case that will affect your quest for a custody arrangement.
I understand that this is not always a pleasant process for my clients, as we may have to look at where the other parent may be lacking in order to discover grounds for seeking primary physical custody. I am sensitive to the emotional issues that go along with custody cases and treat my clients with the dignity, compassion, and respect that they deserve.
There are a variety of forms of custody. The "joint custody" model is not often utilized, due to the divorcing couple’s inability to work together and the best interests of the child or children. However, if both parents are committed to the children, then a judge may grant joint physical custody, along with joint legal custody. I can help you understand the difference between legal and physical custody and how they apply to your case.
Avoiding Litigation in Child Custody Cases
When engaging in litigation to resolve custody and visitation matters, you are placing the decision in the hands of a judge that may not know much about your unique situation. This can also be an expensive and altogether time-consuming process. By utilizing a method of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation or a 4-way settlement conference, you can maintain control of any outcome while working cooperatively with the other party to ensure the continued well-being of your children. Though I do encourage parents to avoid litigation wherever possible, I am nevertheless dedicated to standing up for my clients to the fullest extent of the law and will aggressively advocate for them in court if necessary.
Contact me, child custody attorney, Bonnie Rossi, today. I offer a reduced rate initial consultation and flexible appointment times for your convenience. Please call (336) 509-0183.