Divorce is one of the most difficult and painful events a person can experience in life, particularly when children are involved. The process of dividing assets pales in comparison to determining child custody and visitation rights. It is critical to ensure that the children of divorcing couples are as well protected as possible, and that their emotional, physical and financial well being becomes the top priority for both parents as they end their marriage.
One of the best ways to minimize the impact of divorce for children is to understand the options and processes for establishing child custody and visitation rights for both parents. Many divorcing couples with children choose to request joint managing conservatorship to help foster an amicable atmosphere for their children in the midst of major life changes within their family. Establishing joint custody of children involves communication, compromise and good legal representation to ensure that the children are able to spend significant amounts of quality time with each parent, especially on holidays, birthdays and other special occasions. A fair and equitable joint custody agreement takes on even greater importance when the divorce itself has been extremely contentious or lengthy.
However, there are some circumstances that require the pursuit of sole custody, known as sole managing conservatorship, for the physical, financial or emotional well being of the children. When one parent has sole custody of children, it is important to establish visitation rights so that the children have ample opportunity to maintain their relationship with the non-custodial parent. Children benefit when amicable and fair visitation rights are established between parents, and for grandparents and other relatives with a vested interest in the children.
Another way that children can be well protected during and after divorce proceedings is to ensure they have the financial support they need to thrive. This involves establishing child support and possibly spousal maintenance, known as alimony. This is often the most contentious part of divorce proceedings when children are involved, so it is critical to have experienced and skilled attorneys involved to ensure fair and thorough financial protection for children and parents.
The attorneys of Christiansen Law Firm strive to protect the rights of children and parents through exceptional legal representation. Christiansen Law Firm helps clients establish court orders for child custody, child support, visitation rights and spousal support. Christiansen Law Firm also offers custody modification services when circumstances change, such as income loss, remarriage, job loss or relocation. For more information on how Christiansen Law Firm can help navigate child custody proceedings during your divorce, contact our experienced team of attorneys today. Christiansen Law Firm proudly serves both the greater Houston and San Antonio areas.