Parents that are planning to separate need to develop a Custody Agreement, which is also known as a Parenting Plan that address child support, legal custody and a time-sharing schedule that will promote the child’s best interest. Parents need to address major decisions regarding their children’s education, medical care, and religious upbringing.
In contentious custody cases, the court may decide to appoint an experienced family law attorney trained in child advocacy to represent the child’s best interest. The child’s advocate will meet with the child several times, typically including one visit to each parent’s home, and often contacts the child’s school, treating doctors, and other relevant individuals. The child’s attorney can recommend a waiver of the therapist privilege, if appropriate, and may participate in all aspects of the case and call any witnesses to trial that will support his/her position of what is in the child’s best interest.
In addition to being a divorce advocate, Regina often speaks to clients about her own experience as a divorced parent and a court-appointed child’s attorney in high-conflict custody cases. To obtain assistance developing a plan that works best for your family, contact Regina now.