Domestic violence was a part of my family's life for years. When I made the decision to leave with my children, I had to rely on the law to provide the protection we needed. Sometimes, the system does not work as fast as we want. I soon learned that going at it alone without any guidance caused significant delays. I created this blog to help others who are seeking legal means to deal with an abusive ex. By making the right moves, it is possible to get the necessary protections in place so that you can also live a happier and healthier life.
If you are separating from the other parent of your children, or you have been separated for a while but have just never had any legal documentation regarding the children, you might want to consider retaining a family lawyer. To help understand just why that is, you might want to check out the following points.
Legal Custody Can Be Established
It is important to make sure that the exact details of the custody of the children is determined. There are various types of child custody. However, whether you are going for full custody, partial custody, physical, or legal custody, you will want to make sure that you make your intentions clear and that everything is legally documented. For example, you can share the legal custody with the other parent but have physical custody because their main place of residence is with you. While you can document such things on your own, you might want a family lawyer to explain the difference between the different types of custody or help you with filing with the courts if the other parent does not agree with what you want.
Helps To Establish A Holiday and Summer Visitation Schedule
You might have already agreed to weekend or every other weekend visits. However, you do not want to overlook the holidays and summers that so many parents end up having disputes over once they realize that just "figuring it out later" is not working out like they had hoped. It is best to make sure that you iron out all the details of your holiday and summer visitation schedule. This not only ensures that there will be little disputes later down the road, but that everyone will be able to have plenty of time to make plans with the kids because the dates will already be figured out and set in stone.
Gives Suggestions On How Alternative Visitation Options Might Be Handled
While you will want to set your visitation up so that it is on paper, you want to make sure that you are well prepared for how you will handle a change of plans. Sure, you have the right to demand that the visitation schedule remain the same no matter what, but there may be times when it can be beneficial to everyone involved to be a little more flexible. For example, how would you handle a sudden change in your work schedule for one weekend? If you need to switch weekends or change times, you need to know how to handle it. Your family lawyer can walk you through the steps you can take in order to keep everyone on the same page and so that everyone is getting their fair amount of time.
For more information, contact Holth & Kollman LLC or a similar firm.Share