Child custody disputes have the potential to become quite acrimonious. In many child custody legal battles, there may be vicious allegations of domestic abuse, child abuse or even psychological and sexual abuse perpetrated by one of the estranged spouses. The attorneys at Carton & Rosoff PC have handled such long and drawn-out, bitter child custody battles for decades.
There are often cases where child custody must be determined by the family court judge, based on the well-established principle of the best interests of the child. Many factors, including the child's financial, religious, emotional, physical, educational and overall well-being are the determining factors for a judge to consider in a child custody legal proceeding.
The attorneys at Carton & Rosoff PC, often consult with the child's school teachers, neighbors, as well as employers and other necessary witnesses in order to fully understand the child's situation in court. There also may be certain exceptional cases in which the court finds that neither parent is fit to take care of the child. Such cases may include parents' arrests, drug abuse or mental incapacity. Third parties, such as grandparents or other family relatives, can be awarded child custody in such cases.
In some instances, the biological parents are able to pursue an amicable settlement regarding child custody issues. Experienced family law attorneys often can help in pursuing alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, such as arbitration and mediation, in order to aid in an amicable and cost-effective child support order. In such cases, a neutral third party sits down with the disputing biological parents and their attorneys, both separately and together, to come to an understanding and agreement that is beneficial to all parties involved.