Child Custody Lawyers in Covington, Louisiana
The decision to divorce affects an entire family. Child custody decisions not only impact a child’s living arrangements, but the shuffling between parents affects the opportunities to be with their friends and participate in activities.
It’s very important that parents consider what is in the best interests of their children when deciding child custody. And seeking the help of a Covington child custody lawyer can help parents seeking divorce to objectively look at how to divide their child’s time between each family.
The child custody lawyers at Ellen Cronin Badeaux, LLC will help you understand Louisiana custody laws and make decisions that will minimize the impact your divorce has on your children.
Child Custody Arrangements
Louisiana child custody laws allow divorced parents to share custody in a number of ways. Parents may share their child’s time between them 50/50 or can split custody of more than one child. Parents may also enjoy joint custody but have one parent designated as the “home” parent with whom the child lives. Joint custody can lead to a variety of schedules that may include alternate weekends, evenings, holidays and summers.
While maintaining a relationship with both parents is preferred, there may be cases when one parent has sole custody. In these instances, the non-custodial parent may still see the child through liberal, defined or supervised visitation.
Divorce may entail a significant financial change for one parent. To be able to financially support yourself and your children after a divorce, you may need to relocate for work or move closer to family who can help. And that may affect child custody. Laws do not allow relocation of a child out of state or more than 150 miles from the other parent without both parents’ agreement or the Court’s permission.
Because “family” is often more than just parents and children, others may be interested in their custody and visitation rights after a divorce. Child custody and visitation can also be sought by grandparents or relatives, foster parents or caring non-relatives with whom the child has a beneficial relationship.
Divorce does more than separate spouses. Divorce separates families. Child custody arrangements should be made to preserve a child’s relationship with both parents and other relatives despite an altered living situation. For help determining child custody arrangements that are truly in your child’s best interest in Covington, Louisiana, contact the lawyers at Ellen Cronin Badeaux, LLC. We can answer your questions and fight to keep you and your child together.
Call 985-261-0760 to schedule a consultation with child custody lawyers in Covington, Louisiana today.
Ellen Cronin Badeaux, LLC serves the parishes of St. Tammany, Washington, Livingston, Tangipahoa, St. Helena, Jefferson, Orleans, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, and Ascension. We are happy to help those in the communities of Amite, Baton Rouge, Covington, Denham Springs, Hammond, Livingston, Mandeville, Metairie, New Orleans and Slidell.