Walking through a divorce isn’t fun for anyone. And for most, it’s certainly not where they expected to end up. However, it’s one of the unfortunate aspects of life. Whether you and your spouse grew apart or there was abuse or infidelity involved, divorce happens, and getting through it while protecting your children is what matters most.
As mothers and wives, the child custody lawyers at Clagett & Barnett understand the importance of protecting the child or children involved in a divorce. They will decipher the state laws regarding child custody, and fight to ensure you and your children are taken care of during and after your divorce proceedings.
How Our Child Custody Lawyers and the Court Determine the “Best Interests” of Your Child During Child Custody Proceedings
Not all child custody agreements are determined by family court. In fact, many custody cases our child custody lawyers deal with are settled out of court between both parents. However, no matter the means used to reach an agreement, the best interests of the child or children involved will be the main focus of the proceedings.
To do this, our child custody lawyers at Clagett & Barnett Attorneys at Law will focus on the factors that encourage the child’s happiness, security, mental and physical health and wellbeing, and their emotional development as they grow. In Kentucky, the state has determined that the child’s best interests are met when both parents are equally involved in the lives of the child or children. This means that each parent will have an equal say in deciding what’s best for their education, medical care, religious upbringing, and changes in their social environment.
However, this is often easier said than done, and many custody cases our child custody lawyers work end up in heated debates between divorcees. To protect your rights and the best interests of your child or children, be sure to enlist the help of a qualified and experienced family attorney.
Factors Considered When Determining the Best Interests of Your Child
Determining the best interests of your child during child custody proceedings can be very challenging when attempting to resolve a dispute. Our child custody lawyers take the following into consideration before presenting your case to your ex-spouse or judge:
- The wishes of the parent(s) and the wishes any de facto custodian of the child;
- The child’s relationship with a de facto custodian;
- The wishes of the child, with due consideration to the influence of a parent or de facto custodian may have over the child’s wishes;
- The motivation of the adults in the participation of the child custody proceedings;
- The current involvement of each parent in the life of the child;
- The physical and mental health of each parent;
- The level of cooperation between the parents;
- The child’s adjustment and continued proximity to his/her home, school, or community;
- Any finding by the court that domestic violence or abuse has occurred.
Clagett & Barnett Attorneys at Law Can Help Protect You and Your Child During Child Custody Proceedings
Our child custody lawyers know the intimate inner workings of family life, and as mothers and wives themselves, have a heart and desire to protect the littlest of those involved in a divorce.
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