Fighting For The Future Of Your Family
As a parent, you only want the best for your child. Seeing them happy, healthy and well cared for becomes your main priority. However, in the face of divorce or a disagreement between unmarried parents, child custody decrees can seriously impact your entire family.
Whether your custody case stems from a divorce, you need to establish paternity, or you and the other parent were never married, you need an experienced child custody attorney to help fight for your rights. At the Law Offices of Amanda T. Adams PLLC, attorney Amanda Adams has over 15 years of experience helping families through difficult custody battles. With offices in Johnston and Crystal Lake, Ms. Adams helps clients throughout Iowa and Illinois.
Finding The Best Custody Solutions For Your Child
There are two types of custody, legal and physical. If a parent has legal custody, they are responsible for making decisions about the child’s life. Common decisions include education, medical care and religious instruction. A parent with physical custody has the child living with them. Joint legal custody is often the preferred standard, meaning both parents have equal decision-making rights, regardless of which parent the child lives with full-time.
In all custody cases, the court considers the best interests of the child a top priority in making decisions. However, other considerations play an important role in custody decisions, such as:
- The child’s needs
- Each parent’s ability to meet their child’s needs
- The relationship between the child and the parents or siblings
- Whether the parent has interfered with the child’s ability to maintain a relationship with the other parent
- How a divorce has impacted the child
- The parent’s emotional, environmental and financial stability
The court may also consider their preference if the child is old enough to decide. Ideally, the child can maintain a relationship with both parents, regardless of the custody decision. If one parent has sole physical custody, the judge will create a parenting plan, or visitation schedule, to ensure the child sees both parents.
A Child Custody Attorney You Can Trust
From deciding custody after your divorce to assistance establishing paternity, you can trust the Law Offices of Amanda T. Adams PLLC, to provide sound guidance and advocate for your and your child’s best interests. Ms. Adams will always respond to your questions promptly to ensure that you are comfortable with every step of your case. Contact her today by calling 515-639-3168 or completing an online contact form.