CHILD CUSTODY

Child custody battle is the ugliest part of family law and can bring out the worst in each parent. At The Mundwiller Law Firm, we understand that your children are your most precious gift and we will do everything in our power to help you fight for them.
 
TWO TYPES OF CUSTODY: LEGAL & PHYSICAL CUSTODY
 
LEGAL CUSTODY is the right of a parent to make major decisions affecting the child’s life. It includes medical, religious, and/or educational decisions.
 
PHYSICAL CUSTODY is the actual possession and control of the child. In other words, where the child will live most of the time.
 
In most cases, either or both types of custody can be awarded jointly or solely.
 
INITIAL DETERMINATION OF CHILD CUSTODY: BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD STANDARD

If you are facing a custody battle for the first time, most likely in a divorce, the standard the court will use to evaluate custody is the best interest of the child standard. Some of the factors the court will look at to evaluate that standard includes: parents’ wishes or agreement, wishes of the child, parental conduct and fitness, interaction and interrelationship of the child with parents/siblings, and child’s adjustment to home, school and community.
 
MODIFICATION OF CHILD CUSTODY: MATERIAL CHANGE IN CIRCUMSTANCES STANDARD

If you are looking to modify your existing custody arrangement, you must show the court that there is a material change in circumstances affecting the child’s life. Some of these material changes can include: the custodial parent moving out of the state; the child has been abandoned; the custodial parent is unfit (drugs, incarceration, mental breakdown, etc.); and/or allegation of abuse.
 
Whether you are looking to establish custody for the first time or to modify your existing custody agreement, you need someone knowledgeable in your corner. Call us now for a free consultation!

Download the Child Custody Intake Form below to start the process.
    
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