Seattle Child Custody Attorneys
Experienced and aggressive Seattle custody lawyers fighting for you!
This issue of primary child custody in divorce or paternity proceedings is often a difficult and complicated one. For many of our Seattle family law clients, it's the most difficult issue they face in conjunction with developing and implementing a parenting plan that is truly in the best interests of their children. Our Seattle child custody lawyers will fight to ensure that your children are protected and that their needs are being met.
Children are often the biggest losers in any Washington family law or divorce proceedings, which is extremely unfortunate. We know that you want what is best for your children. And, our Seattle child custody attorneys have also learned over many years of experience that no one is in a better position to determine what is truly best for them. That's why we start by asking a lot of questions about your children and your spouse.
We want to know you and your children. We also want to know about your spouse. Over the years, our Seattle custody lawyers have learned that knowledge is the key to assisting our clients in developing a parenting plan that truly is in the best interests of their children.
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Our Seattle child custody attorneys firmly believe that children should not be used as pawns in any divorce or paternity proceedings. And, our King County commissioners and judges will not tolerate it if they learn about it. During this difficult and often chaotic time, children need stability and routine, particularly if they are young. In the court's eyes, this is often best accomplished by designating on parent as the "primary custodial parent".
The other parent then becomes the "non-custodial" parent. But this DOES NOT mean that the court believes that the custodial parent should make all of the critical decisions regarding the children and that the non-custodial parent is relegated to some kind of secondary status. Indeed, the court expects BOTH parents to be actively engaged in the lives of their children. Our Seattle custody attorneys will fight to make sure that your legal rights are properly enforced.
If you are the "non-custodial" parent, we will fight for a liberal parenting plan that is more than simply every other weekend and a couple of weeks in the summer. Our courts now have the power to implement more "frequently alternating" visitation plans, if they are in the child's best interests. Our Seattle child custody lawyers will work closely with you to develop a parenting plan that is truly in the best interests of your children.
If you have questions about your children, we encourage you to pick up the phone and give us a call for an initial evaluation. One of our Seattle custody attorneys will help you assess your case based on the specific facts and circumstances involved. You will then be in a position to make a truly informed decision about your legal rights and options.
Washington child custody law can be extremely complicated.
Our Seattle child custody lawyers can help.
The simple truth is that Washington State's laws regarding child custody are extremely complicated. Our commissioners and judges are required to look at number of factors in determining both the primary custodial designation and the specific provisions of a parenting plan, including how frequently visitation with the non-custodial parent occurs. A good Seattle custody lawyer understands both Washington State custody law, as well as how our King County commissioners and judges most frequently interpret it.
It would be utterly impossible to try and list and detail each of these factors, or the many other that come into play in heated and emotionally charged Seattle custody battles. And, if your case is particularly complicated and unlikely to reach an agreed resolution, the commissioner who hears presides over your Temporary Motions Hearing is likely to appoint a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) or Parenting Plan evaluator.
The final report of the GAL or Parenting Plan Evaluator will carry a lot of weight at trial. But it's conclusions can be overcome by a good Seattle child custody lawyer. Over the years, we have learned that the best parenting plans are most often the ones agreed upon by the parents and NOT the one's arbitrarily put in to place by judge's following trial.
Our Seattle child custody lawyers are skilled and experience advocates. We know which battles to fight and which issues should be forcefully negotiated.
Our Seattle custody attorneys are here to protect your legal rights.
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