When a marriage ends or when parents are unmarried but want to share custody, the parents must submit a shared parenting plan that allocates the responsibility each parent will have as to the children. That shared parenting plan will typically include a parent’s rights as to a parenting time schedule, the determination of legal custody, and any child support obligation. Prior to becoming a Court Order, the court will evaluate that plan making sure that the terms are in the child(ren)’s best interests. If the plan is not in the best interests of the child(ren), the court will not accept the shared parenting plan and revisions will have to be made prior to re-submission to the Court.
I understand the complexity of the issues surrounding custody cases. Litigated custody matters often involve a mother and father fighting for legal custody of their child(ren). In some instances, the parents are married or have been married or it can involve parents who have never been married. In a majority of these types of cases, the Court appoints a Guardian ad Litem (this is usually an attorney who represents the interests of the child(ren) in the matter) or an outside professional such as a psychologist or social worker to aid in the determination of custody. I work closely with these individuals to make sure that they are able to gather all of the pertinent information to help ultimately make a recommendation to the Court. At Antonelli Law I handle both types of custody cases and work to achieve the best result for my clients and their child(ren).
All custody cases are sensitive due to the fact that there are children are involved. The standard of law in these cases is to do what is in the “best interest of the children”. I believe it is imperative to stand behind my clients and protect their rights as a parent in custody and support related matters.