Effective Negotiations, Positive Child Custody Arrangements

At H.L. Harper & Associates, we know that establishing child custody and child support can be emotionally draining and stressful. If you are a parent, your child is the center of your life. You may struggle with the idea that you have to share your child or children with the other parent. Whether you are going through a divorce or you were not married, our knowledgeable family law attorneys are here to help.

Based on experience helping people just like you, our lawyers know how important it is for parents to sit down and talk about child custody arrangements with their attorneys present.

Even if you are not getting along with your child's other parent, negotiating and arriving at a mutual agreement is usually more productive than fighting. If you can come to an agreement and avoid going to court, it is also much less expensive.

We understand that every parent has preferences when it comes to child custody and visitation. We want to understand your needs. Ultimately, the court will make decisions based on the best interests of the child. So, this will always be the driving factor to consider as we help you negotiate a positive child custody arrangement. Call us at 504-541-6976 for a free consultation.

Understanding Sole Vs. Joint Custody

Legal custody determines who will participate in making decisions for the child, including decisions about education and medical care. Generally, the courts will award joint legal custody unless one parent is deemed unfit. If this is the case, one parent may be awarded sole custody.

Joint custody is a shared arrangement usually involving one parent being designated the domiciliary parent who has physical custody of the child, which means the child lives with the parent most of the time, and the other parent has visitation. However, sometimes shared physical custody is the best arrangement for the child. In these situations, the child lives with each parent 50 percent of the time.

How Child Support Is Determined

Child support is determined based on the gross income of both parents and the number of children the parents have, among other factors. The state has a chart that uses these factors to assign a percentage of child support to be paid for a child. Because the guidelines are strict, it is important that the income numbers are accurate.

We regularly help parents go back to court to try to get child support modified after a change in income. However, it is important to know that if someone paying child support gets fired, the court will consider it voluntary unemployment, so modifications will not be approved in these situations.

Contact Us For A Free Initial Consultation

For a free initial consultation with one of our New Orleans or Dallas child custody and support attorneys, contact H.L. Harper & Associates at 504-541-6976. We offer flexible appointments, including evenings and weekends by request. We serve clients throughout the New Orleans, Louisiana, and Dallas, Texas, metropolitan areas.

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