A Family Law Firm Seeking Sensible Child Custody Solutions
If you have children and are going through a divorce, child custody is likely to be the most stressful and contentious issue in your case. No parent wants to be apart from their kids, and sharing them with your soon-to-be ex may feel unimaginable right now.
Thankfully, with the help of an experienced and caring attorney, you can seek solutions in the best interests of the whole family – especially the children. In Houma and surrounding areas, the firm to call for child custody representation is the Law Office of Camille Saltz Babin.
How Custody Works: A Basic Overview
As in other states, judges in Louisiana are required to make custody decisions in the best interests of the children. Assuming that both parents are deemed fit, that often means keeping both parents involved in their children’s lives.
If parents can jointly come up with a custody plan, the court will usually accept it if it is reasonable and meets the best-interests standard. If no agreement is reached, the default assumption will typically be joint custody. But this doesn’t necessarily mean an equal split between parents.
To deviate from the joint custody default, you’ll need to present compelling evidence for why you deserve either sole custody or a larger share of time with the children. This evidence must show how your proposed arrangement would benefit your children. Presenting a compelling argument is typically much easier with the help of an experienced family law attorney.
Modifying Child Custody Orders
While child custody rulings are backed by the power of the court, these arrangements don’t need to be permanent. Parents can decide collectively to amend the agreement, or one parent can petition the court to modify it.
If you are petitioning to modify, it is your responsibility to show that there has been a significant change and that the current arrangement is no longer in the best interests of your children. This could include evidence of a co-parent’s drug/alcohol abuse, significant relocation for work, significant change in living circumstances or the changing needs of the children.
Demonstrating the need for modification can be difficult, which is why it is important to prepare your case with a skilled attorney.
Contact Our Office To Discuss Your Legal Needs
The Law Office of Camille Saltz Babin is pleased to serve the family law needs of clients in the Houma metro and surrounding parts of South Louisiana. To schedule a consultation, please fill out our online contact form or call 985-223-2889.