If you are a parent going through a divorce or separation, child custody is probably your biggest concern.
To make sure your children's best interests are protected, schedule a free consultation with attorney David Partovi.
Partovi Law in Spokane, WA, serves parents in eastern Washington and northern Idaho...
Why Work with a Child Custody Attorney?
Even if your divorce or separation is amicable, you should consider working with a qualified child custody attorney. Family law in Washington and Idaho is simply too complicated - and there is too much at stake - to proceed without a legal advocate.
When you hire Spokane-based attorney David Partovi, he will be by your side through every step of the custody process:
- He can help you fill out the necessary parenting plan forms, with or without the cooperation of the other parent.
- He can advocate for you before a judge to ensure that your children's best interests are protected in court.
- He can defend you from false claims of domestic violence or other criminal charges that can affect your child custody case.
To learn more about how David Partovi can assist you in your custody case, schedule a free consultation.
What You Should Know about Child Custody
In both Washington and Idaho, arrangements related to child custody and visitation are established in a court-approved parenting plan. When a couple with children decides to divorce, they are typically expected to work together to design a parenting plan that they then submit to a judge for approval. If they are unable to collaborate, they may submit competing parenting plans, and a judge will take both into consideration before issuing a custody order.
Child's Best Interests
When the courts in Washington or Idaho are reviewing a proposed custody arrangement, their primary goal is to serve the best interests of the child. Depending on circumstances, this may involve joint custody or granting sole custody to one parent.
Physical Custody and Legal Custody
Both states differentiate between physical custody and legal custody. "Physical custody" refers to where a child resides. "Legal custody" refers to decision-making authority. Often, one parent is awarded sole physical custody but both parents share joint legal custody.
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Child Custody FAQs
What will the court consider when making a child custody decision?
The law directs judges to issue custody orders that serve the best interests of the child. Generally, judges in both Washington and Idaho want to approve some sort of joint custody so that both parents can maintain a relationship with the child. To determine if joint custody is best for the child, the court will consider many factors, including each parent's demonstrated care for the child, each parent's ability to work with the other parent, and, in some circumstances, the wishes of the child.
How are child custody and child support related?
Typically, the parent who has less physical custody must pay child support to the other parent. Calculating child support can be quite complicated. Our lawyer in Spokane, WA, assists parents with all aspects of the divorce process, including child support calculations.
If I don't get custody, will I at least get visitation?
Most likely, yes. Again, the courts want children to have relationships with both parents as often as possible, so if the other parent is awarded sole physical custody, you will probably receive visitation rights. A parent would only be denied visitation if they were convicted of a serious crime like domestic violence or sexual abuse.
Does the law favor either mothers or fathers?
Technically, no. However, statistics indicate that mothers receive primary custody more often than fathers, as illustrated below: