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Determining the physical and legal custody of a minor child is one of the most potentially emotional issues a divorcing couple may face. When parents divorce or separate and cannot agree about what is in their child’s best interest, the courts will intervene and decide. This can often turn an amicable and uncontested divorce into a contested divorce, and an attorney is invaluable in sorting these issues out. As a parent, you want to make sure that your child is protected. Having a skilled Hawaii child custody attorney can make a world of difference in the outcome of your case. At Ohana Legal, we aim to help our clients fight for their child’s best interest.
Child custody refers to the legal guardianship involved in a divorce case. If you are considering how to create a parenting plan after a divorce, you need to be aware of the different types of child custody arrangements which are possible. In Hawaii and most other states, there are two forms of custody, legal and physical.
If a parent has visitation rights, the visits between parent and child occur on a schedule provided by the court. Usually this schedule is mutually convenient for both parents.
When a child custody case is brought to the court in Hawaii, the court will try to accommodate the best interest of the child and choose the environment that offers the most stability. Some factors courts will take into consideration in a child custody case are:
When determining the physical custody of the child, it is important to consider the parents’ work schedules, school or daycare schedule, distance between the parents’ homes, the proposed visitation schedule, and most importantly the best interests of the child. The court will generally take the child’s best interests into account as the determining factor in child custody decisions, sometimes considering joint custody. That is why it is vital to have experienced attorney to clearly present your Hawaii child custody case.
Ohana Legal knows how contentious child custody cases can be. By providing you with up to date legal knowledge and the best advice possible, your lawyer at our firm can make the custody decisions much easier for you and your family to make. For more information on representation and fighting for your rights as a parent, contact a Hawaii child custody lawyer from Ohana Legal today.
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