Your children will always come first, which is why it is important to choose a firm like ours. We help parents resolve their differences with the child's well-being in mind. Our family law attorneys can help parents reach an amicable child custody resolution and agree upon other arrangements.
I handle all types of family law matrimonial cases from prejudgment cases, people who come to me seeking a divorce for the first time to post-session cases where people have been divorced already and have an agreement and we're seeking to enforce or modify that agreement.
When people come to me, the first thing that we talk about is if there are children in a divorce. To me, that is the most important issue as I know it's going to be the most important issue to any client who walks through the door who has a family. There are several different types of custody. There are two different legal types of custody. There is joint legal custody and sole legal custody. In most cases, it is joint legal custody. What that means is that they make major decisions together. I'm not talking everyday decisions, but major decisions affecting the child.
If they can't make those decisions together, there are several people that I work with to help parents resolve their differences in terms of both acting in the best interest. We can have parent coordinators involved, mediators involved, and I myself help parties going through divorces make decisions in the best interest of the children.
There are also different types of physical custody. Physical custody is where the child actually sleeps and lays their head at night, but parties can have any arrangement that works for them and their family. And the court only cares about and their sole overriding goal is the best interest of the child. You can have true shared physical custody, where the child actually is with each parent 50% of the time. That could mean one week on one week off. It could mean a schedule that I personally prefer more where you have Monday and Tuesday with mom, Wednesday and Thursday with dad, and then Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are alternating. Or any other schedule that works for the parents, given their work schedules and their other obligations.
My children are obviously the most important thing to me. And I know that clients coming in the door who have children, that's the most important thing to them. And so I do my best to help parents figure it out as efficiently, quickly, amicably a custody resolution. It is extremely emotionally exhausting to fight and to deal and litigate custody. I do it all the time, but we try and avoid it at all costs. It's the last resort.