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Child Custody

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.

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Legal issues can be daunting, especially when it concerns your children. Having a child custody lawyer in your corner can help you navigate the complexities of child custody cases and family law to ensure you and your children are protected. David Partovi has been in practice for 22 years, is licensed in both Washington State and Idaho, and he has the knowledge to help you handle all aspects of your custody case. Mr. Partovi personally answers his own calls, and he limits his case loads to ensure each of his clients and their unique cases get the attention they need and deserve. Don't fight a child custody battle alone. Call our law office or schedule a free consultation online with our attorney today.

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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.

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What You Should Know about Child Custody

Parenting Plans

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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Get the Custody Help You Need From Our Spokane Team

A divorce itself already causes suffering. The added threat of losing the ability to fully raise your child can make it feel like your life is out of control. For many parents, coming to our Spokane law office is the first step in securing parental rights and taking back their life. Reach out to our family law attorney over the phone at (509) 638-3247 or write to us to request your free consultation. 

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.

I am in the military and deploying. How is custody handled then?

If you received orders for a temporary duty station or deployment, you can file a motion to have another person to receive your parenting time. This can be the other parent or another family member or friend that has a close relationship with the friend as long as that person is not limited by law. Generally, a motion must be filed with the courts and approved by a judge. If you have full physical custody, the same applies. 

How does custody differ if the other parent and I are not married?

In Washington State, fathers must establish parentage. Fatherhood can be determined through paternity test, a court parentage case, adoption, or an acknowledgment of parentage filed with the state. Once this is determined, or if parentage is already established, the courts will then determine custody just like if the two parents were married. 

Can a non parent obtain custody of a child?

It depends on the situation and which state you and the child reside in. If you helped raise the child, took care of the child without expectations to be paid for that care, lived with the child consistently, had a parent-like relationship with the child, and several other factors, then you can file a Petition for De Facto Parentage in order to obtain custody of the child. Again, the judge will consider what is in the child's best interest when determining if you can have physical custody.

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:

Washington Courts Granted Mothers More Time Than Fathers  in nearly two-thirds of parenting plans approved in 2016

Emergency Custody

If you have reason to believe your children are in danger while in the custody of another person and you and the children reside in Washington State, you can file a Motion for Immediate Order (Ex Parte) Emergency Minor Guardianship and Restraining Order. In Idaho, you can file an Emergency Custody Order. This motion will be heard immediately, and the judge will consider the issues at hand and if it warrants the children being removed from the other parent's custody. Each situation is different and there are several different potential outcomes that may occur in these cases. 

If you believe your children are in immediate danger, it is always best to call the authorities first and then contact an attorney like Mr. Partovi to help you file the necessary paperwork. While authorities can't do much in regards to civil situations such as child custody disagreements, if a child is in imminent threat of life or limb, they help while we file the necessary paperwork to keep your children safe.

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Attorney David Partovi and his team are always available when you need them. They are proud to be associated with:

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • United States District Court for the District of Idaho

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