Child Custody & Visitation

Fall River Child Custody Attorney

Child custody and visitation issues — now officially called parenting time — can often lead to stressful, emotional and lengthy disputes. Unfortunately, a lengthy and highly contested dispute over the children is often harmful to them.

At Miguel Law Offices, in Somerset, Massachusetts, I am a child custody lawyer who understands that you want what is best for your children. Because I understand your perspective, I take the time to really listen to your goals and help you develop a custody plan that is in their best interests.

Call 508-296-0107 or toll free at 866-360-5082 for a confidential consultation about parenting time.

New Bedford Child Custody and Visitation (Parenting Time)

Child custody or parenting plans refer to legal and physical custody. Legal custody deals with the right to make medical, educational, financial and religious decisions for the child. Physical custody refers to where the child will physically reside.

Each of these types of child custody can be either joint custody (sometimes known as "shared custody") or sole custody (sometimes called "primary custody"). Joint legal custody requires civil communication between the parties. If the parties cannot communicate in a civil manner or there is a restraining order prohibiting communication between the parties, then sole legal and physical custody is likely to be granted to one parent.

Guidance From an Experienced Lawyer in Massachusetts — Visitation Rights

Another important aspect of the custody arrangement is arranging visitation time with the noncustodial parent. The courts realize that, whenever possible, it is important for both parents to maintain a meaningful relationship with the child. If one parent has sole physical custody of the child, then it may be possible for the noncustodial parent to have what is known as visitation or parenting time. As a skilled Somerset child custody lawyer, I will assist you in creating a parenting plan (or visitation schedule) that works for you and serves the best interests of your children.

Modification of Parenting Time Schedules

Child custody or parenting plans often do not suit the needs of the family as children grow older and the family situations change. Child custody and visitation orders may be modified when a significant change in circumstances, such as when a parent wishes to relocate with the child out of state, or a change in the work schedule of the parents conflicts with the existing arrangement. Learn more about child custody modifications and other post-divorce modifications.

Guardian Ad Litem — GAL • Guardianships for Minors • Third Party

In highly contested child custody disputes, the judge may appoint a guardian ad litem (GAL) to investigate on behalf of the court. Miguel Law Offices has extensive experience handling contested child custody cases involving guardians ad litem. Additionally, I have experience serving as a court-appointed guardian ad litem. This experience gives me comprehensive understanding of the preparation that is necessary in these custody cases.

My Somerset law firm provides assistance to clients in additional areas of child custody, including guardianships for minors. In some cases, third parties and/or non parents may seek custody of a minor if the parents are unable to do so. Call or email my firm today for assistance with your child custody matter.

Contact a Taunton, Massachusetts, Child Custody Lawyer

To discuss your parenting time or related paternity matter with an experienced family law attorney, please schedule your confidential consultation today. Call me at 508-296-0107, toll free at 866-360-5082 or contact my Fall River law firm online. I know that your children are important to you. Let me help you fight to protect their interests.