Child Custody and Support

When parents divorce, there are a lot of things that need to be considered, such as child custody and child support. When parents cannot work out some of these issues between themselves, a mediator may assist or the court may have to intervene to make decisions based on the child’s best interests.

Child Custody: The Gillen Law Firm

There are several types of child custody, including joint, physical and legal custody. In many cases, physical custody is granted to the parent with whom the child will reside with most of the time. Legal custody includes the parential right to make decisions about the child’s healthcare, education and other lifestyle concerns. Joint custody is when the child spends an equal amount of time with both parents. Joint custody requires a high level of cooperation between parents, and parents must demonstrate the ability to cooperate with other and demonstrate their ability to make joint decisions in the child’s best interests. The courts consider the following factors in custody issues:

  • The wishes of the child
  • Physical and mental health of both parents
  • Age and gender of the child
  • Evidence of child neglect and parental use of drugs

Child Support: The Gillen Law Firm

Child support orders are issued by family court. Each state has its own child support guidelines. The considered factors in determining the amount of child support are the number of children, the needs of the children and custodial and non-custodial income of both parents. The amount can be modified in certain circumstances, such as an increase in parental income, parental disability or loss of a job. If child support payments become delinquent, the court can take action to withhold child support money from employment checks and tax refunds in addition to seizing personal property.

Whether you’re a single parent or divorced parent, a family lawyer like those at The Gillen Law Firm can help represent you in legal proceedings. The Gillen Law Firm takes the time to carefully listen to your individual situation and will let you know all of your options. In addition, The Gillen Law Firm offers mediation services to resolve family-related issues. When compared to solving matters in family court, mediation is less expensive, less time consuming and less adversarial. Let their experience work for you.

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