“When mom and dad went to war the only prisoners they took were the children.” — Pat Conroy

Child custody cases capture the profound change that comes with life after divorce. The feeling of division from a life partner is never more poignant than when it comes to rest on the issue of splitting time with your children. For some of our clients, the idea that their children will wake up in another home is unthinkable. Profound changes are facts we must face and resolve in every child custody case.

What to Consider in Child Custody Cases

Parents are challenged to answer one central question: How will we honor our children’s best interests through a child custody and visitation schedule?

We routinely counsel clients who face the decision to litigate custody issues rather than negotiate and compromise. In this case, the child custody matter is turned over to a judge. Ultimately, parents are best suited to answer questions regarding custody, and the law provides plenty of opportunities for you to do so.

Parents Must Mediate Prior to Litigation

The law requires divorcing parents to mediate child custody before litigating them. This is when you can agree upon the unique definitions you will ascribe to terms such as “joint custody,” “physical custody,” “legal custody,” and “visitation.” All of these are fluid concepts meant to be tailored to fit the needs you define for your family.

Once you have accepted the change in your family’s structure, you will move forward with resolving the case by mediation and agreement.