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Child Custody Attorney in Spokane

Helping Families in Discord to Resolve Custody Disputes

Sorting out child custody can be the most difficult part of the legal process in a divorce, and the child is often put in the middle of custody battles. While Washington State offers the option of joint custody, each family situation is unique and will require its own solution. At the Law Office of Benjamin D. Platt, our Spokane child custody lawyer offers a results-driven approach and tailors legal representation to the specifics of each client’s situation.

Please contact our law firm at (509) 571-2277 for a free 30-minute consultation.

Types of Custody in Washington State

Legal vs. Physical Custody

Legal custody is when a parent has the responsibility to make important life decisions regarding the child or children. Examples of these decisions include educational, religious affiliations, medical, etc.

Physical custody refers to the time that a parent spends with the child or children and where they will live.

Sole vs. Joint Custody

Sole custody is when only one parent receives custody rights. This can be for legal custody, physical custody, or both. If one parent is given sole physical custody, then the other parent will often be granted visitation rights.

Joint custody is when the parents must share custody rights and responsibilities. This too can be for legal custody, physical custody, or both.

Creating a Parenting Plan

Washington State uses parenting plans for custody decisions. The parenting plan will include detailed information about where the children will live, where they will spend weekends and holidays, how decisions will be made about the children, and how disputes that arise between parents will be resolved. The judge will make the final determination about parenting time and ensure that the plan provides a stable relationship between the child and each parent.

When determining custody rights, the court will consider:

  • The children’s relationships with siblings
  • Which parent has acted as primary caregiver
  • The wishes of the child, if they are old enough
  • The physical and psychological health of both parents and the children
  • The ability of each parent to care for the children, including work schedule and lifestyle

When the parents are unable to agree on a parenting plan, a judge may have to make these decisions. Judges consider the best interests of the child in custody arrangements. When bringing the case to court becomes necessary, you need an experienced child custody attorney in Spokane to look out for you and your children’s best interests. Our hard-working, dedicated family law legal team will guide you through the process.

Enforcing the Parenting Plan

Unfortunately, disputes arise that cannot be resolved. When one parent does not abide by the details set forth in the parenting plan, you must follow the dispute resolution steps in your parenting plan. If this does not work and the other parent continues to violate the parenting plan, it may become necessary to return to court.

Contact us at (509) 571-2277 or online to discuss your situation in a free consultation.

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