Child Custody Legal Representation
Our complex legal system can jeopardize your right to see the most precious people in the world: your children. Child custody is an emotionally charged issue, which makes it difficult for parents to think objectively while navigating the custody process. That’s why it’s important to hire a seasoned family law attorney who can negotiate the best custody arrangement for your family.
Louisiana Child Custody Laws are very complex and can be difficult to understand. Custody can be sole, joint, or shared and each phrase carries a specific legal designation. Most Louisiana parents are not properly represented in child custody proceedings and unknowingly give up more of their custodial rights than they intend.
Don’t go to court or try to privately negotiate a custody settlement without having an experienced family law attorney at your side. Charles Branton can negotiate an agreement that not only protects your interests, but saves you time, money and emotional trauma as well.
As an experienced Covington child custody attorney and a previously divorced father of six, Charles Branton understands how emotionally draining the custody process can be. He will fight for custody of your children while protecting you and your loved ones throughout the process. We know you have an uncompromising commitment to your family, and so do we. Charles Branton will listen to all of your questions and concerns and provide sound advice that people have relied upon for over 30 years.
To learn how to protect your child’s education during a custody dispute read Charles Branton’s blog post, “Divorce & Your Child’s Education.”
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING LOUISIANA CHILD CUSTODY
How can I find and evaluate a child custody attorney?
One of the best ways to find an attorney is a referral from someone who has used the attorney. Charles Branton has been representing individuals in the St. Tammany and Washington Parish area for more than 30 years. You should look at the experience of the attorney and whether family law is the primary area of his or her practice. Looking at a retainer alone or an hourly rate by itself is not a good strategy for trying to get the best attorney to handle your case.
How do Courts determine who gets custody of children in a divorce?
In Louisiana, the Courts will normally accept any agreement of the parties. However, many significant custody disputes are litigated every year. The legal standard is considered “The best interest of the child.” In Louisiana, there are several factors that the Court may consider. Generally speaking, in Louisiana, the Court looks to see who has been the primary caregiver and who has, in many cases, sacrificed his or her interests for the best interest of the child. This is a very fact intensive inquiry. The Court, in many instances, will name one parent as the domiciliary parent. In a joint custody order, the domiciliary parent has an obligation to confer with the non-domiciliary parent about non-emergency, major decisions such as education. If the domiciliary parent confers in an appropriate manner and the non-domiciliary parent objects to the decision, the non-domiciliary parent can take the other parent back to court but there is a legal presumption that the decision made by the domiciliary parent is in the best interest of the child. Both parents should be equally and fully involved in these decisions. Frequent and continued contact is encouraged by the Courts in most situations. This can have a dramatic effect on child support as the calculations for joint custody and shared custody provide dramatically different levels of support.
Can I be prevented from seeing my children as I want to?
In some instances, yes. If there is abuse, or if there is a pattern of conduct that is detrimental to the best interest of the child, the Court can limit access and contact between the parent and child/children. If the Court suspects abuse or neglect or improper behavior, it will often impose limits including supervised visitation rather than cutting off all contact.
FACEBOOK, SOCIAL MEDIA AND CHILD CUSTODY
Nothing on social media is private and nothing is deleted forever. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Google, Microsoft all have algorithms in place. Spyware and Malware can be installed from anywhere in the world. Banks, National Security Agency, websites and other companies have all been hacked.
When you post on Facebook, it is out there forever. The other side in a divorce/custody dispute can obtain discovery and an order from the Family Court Judge requiring you to provide the names and passwords of social media and other sites that you access and use. Even if you think you are safe by having it as a private setting, it can be accessed.
If you fail to provide the information, a Family Court Judge can take away your visitation, change custody, require supervised visitation, find you in contempt and even put you in jail or assess significant fines and attorney’s fees. The internet and social media and the material posted on it can result in divorce, loss of custody and access to the children, criminal charges, a loss of your job or employment, affect your child support, increase your alimony payments and embarrass you in so many other ways.
If you need to discuss an existing custody and visitation issue, or if you need to change an existing custody order, call upon Charles Branton for quality, aggressive and compassionate help. Contact Branton Law Firm today for help achieving the right custodial situation for you and your children.
Contact Branton Law Firm today at (985) 807-1410 to schedule your free, confidential consultation with Charles Branton.