Divorce and custody battles can be emotionally challenging and legally complex. At Lyons Law, we understand the difficulties you face during this sensitive time. Our mission is to provide you with personalized guidance and support, helping you navigate the legal aspects while prioritizing your well-being and the best interests of your children.
While divorce and custody are often commingled, they are two (2) separate actions. One can be a bad partner, but a good parent, so parents need to remember this. Starting with divorce, there can be consensual divorces where both parties agree they are ready to move on with their life, and they can come to agreements regarding the distribution of their marital estate. Of course, there can also be divorces that are non-consensual, which then must be litigated by the Divorce Master (in Washington County). An experienced practice like Lyons Law will be able to guide you every step of the way to try to come to an amicable resolution, but will be able to represent you in Court if litigation ends up being necessary.
With custody, the parties may come up with their own consensual custody schedule. If the parents cannot agree, then the parties proceed through the custody process. In Washington County, you first go in front of a Custody Conference Officer for a conciliation to see if the parties can agree. If the parties cannot, then a 3-hour custody conference/hearing is scheduled where evidence will be submitted and testimony taken.
Divorce and custody battles don't always have to escalate into courtroom battles. Lyons Law is a firm believer in the power of mediation and alternative dispute resolution methods to reach amicable solutions. We'll explore the benefits of mediation, its cost-effectiveness, and its potential to preserve relationships, especially when children are involved.
One of the most crucial aspects of any custody agreement is the parenting plan/schedule. We'll delve into the key elements of a parenting plan, including scheduling, decision-making authority, and communication guidelines. Lyons Law will assist you in developing a customized plan that reflects your family's unique dynamics and promotes a healthy co-parenting relationship. Because in the long run, this is the best scenario for you and your child(ren).
Even after a divorce is finalized, circumstances may change, necessitating modifications to custody or support arrangements. Lyons Law will be there for you when these situations arise, helping you navigate the legal process to modify or enforce existing agreements, ensuring that your children's best interests remain the priority.
At Lyons Law, we understand the emotional and legal complexities involved in divorce and custody matters. Our dedicated team is committed to providing you with compassionate support, personalized solutions, and zealous advocacy. Trust us to guide you through these challenging times, always striving for a resolution that preserves your well-being and safeguards the future of your family.