moms rights in child support,
child custody & parenting time agreements
For children, divorce is a sad, confusing time filled with uncertainty and stress. A long drawn out custody battle can leave children feeling bitter and scarred. At Longton DW we work to minimize the effects of divorce on children while actively pursuing child custody and support arrangements for you. We offer in house therapy to help children cope with the divorce and offer reassurance and stability for the family.
When determining custody arrangements for children two types are awarded to one or both parties, legal and physical custody. Legal custody is the ability to make decisions the impact the child's life, like what religion they grow up in, where to go to school, etc. Physical custody is literally, where the child spends the night. Sole physical custody means the child spends the night more with one parent than another. Joint physical custody means the child spends the night relatively equal with each parent. In practice, these details can vary based on the intricacies of each individual case.
Child Support is widely determined by a formula that includes each parent's income and the number of nights the children spends with them. These formulas can include incidentals like education or childcare costs and also provide percentages for how much each parent must cover of the child's healthcare expenses.
These two issues can often be a point of contention long after a divorce has been finalized or when something changes in a given parent's situation. You may need modifications to your child custody, child support agreements, or parenting time schedule. Longton DW will be your advocate and will do everything possible to make sure your rights are protected
When a parent is not awarded physical custody over a child, they are granted parenting time. This is simply the time that the court sets aside for the non-custodial parent to have time with their child. Many courts have a recommended parenting time schedule that determines which holidays a parent has the children, school breaks, and weekends. However, the specific parenting time schedule can vary drastically from case-to-case.
As with child custody and support, parenting time is another issue that can be revisited by the courts if something changes in a parent's situation. Longton DW is here for you to make sure you get the time you desire with your children.