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Get help navigating child custody laws

When a person is getting married and there are children involved, there are almost always questions that arise around child custody, child support and visitation rights. When dealing with these custody matters, it is advised to seek legal advice from family law lawyers to help guide in making major decisions in the best interests of the child.

Family law scenarios where you need a child custody lawyer

Let’s start by covering some reasons why you might need to share custody of a child and common child custody issues.

A divorce proceeding can involve a custody battle of varying degrees. While every parent wants the best situation for their child, for some, scoring a “win” over a soon-to-be-ex can become as important as the matter of physical custody of the children involved. By working with a divorce lawyer, you can make sure that your interests are represented in any hearing, and that you’re putting forth the best case as a suitable caregiver.

Domestic violence: Protecting the well-being of your child is paramount to any parent. If a parent suspects their ex of any type of child abuse, they can talk with a lawyer to take action immediately to get emergency custody of a child with an emergency custody order from a judge, with an aim towards severely limiting or even eliminating the custody rights of that parent in the future.

Decision making: Agreements made in principle can be hard to maintain in practice. Divorced parents typically agree to a parenting plan as part of their custody arrangement, but in the event of joint legal custody, important decisions can eventually become points of contention. If you’re having difficulty reaching an agreement with your ex on raising your child, you can talk with a child custody lawyer to see what your legal rights are to revisit or change your existing custody agreement.

Violating custody arrangements: Just because you have an existing child custody agreement doesn’t mean that both sides will adhere to it. If your child’s other parent is refusing to abide by the guidelines of the custody order in place, you can work with a lawyer to file a Motion of Contempt with the court for their failure to follow the court order and can pursue revocation or reduction of their custody rights.

A suite of helpful resources

Whether you need to make some obvious and straightforward changes to your custody agreement or you find yourself in a complex legal mess, LegalShield has resources to help you sort out your situation and make sure the best interests of your children are addressed.

Get educated

If you’re looking for more detailed information about common child custody and support issues that arise when getting remarried, we strongly suggest you review The Legal Guide to Getting Married.

The guide is a comprehensive resource that covers child custody and support issues as well as other marriage-related legal issues such as prenuptial agreements, name changes, and your Will and Living Will.

Also, check out 7 Common Child Custody Questions to Ask. which is tailored to people getting remarried.

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If you are in need of more immediate help, LegalShield offers legal plans that provide a lawyer to assist you with child custody cases, custody disputes, visitation issues, and parental rights, all at a fraction of the normal fee. Our plans, which start at only $24.95/month, include a host of other valuable legal services too.

  • Unlimited consultation with a lawyer.
  • Legal forms and document review.
  • A lawyer-created Will and Living Will.
  • Letters and calls on your behalf to resolve disputes.

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