• When parents divorce or separate, the children will typically live with one parent — the custodial parent — while the other, non-custodial parent will maintain visitation rights or parental time. These visitation rights and arrangements vary from case to case. Visitation or parenting time agreements are formalized in a divorce decree, separation or settlement agreement, or other court order. Changing a visitation schedule often requires the modification of this divorce decree, agreement, or order. It is important to note that parents who were never married to each other have the same rights as parents who are divorcing or separating.

 

        • Moving away is a complex decision filled with important legal ramifications. The court considers such factors as the age of the child, the non-custodial parent’s involvement with the child, and the ultimate best interest of the child before allowing a parent to move.
      • Parental Abductions
        • An extremely common occurrence in child custody disputes, is parental abductions. Parents who abduct their children face criminal penalties as well as consequences involving custody and visitation rights. It is vitally important in these cases to obtain highly experienced family law representation to assert your rights and protect your child.