Call an experienced Baton Rouge Child Custody Lawyer at Joubert Law Firm right now to discuss your case
For parents contemplating divorce, the well-being and emotional stability of their child is usually their primary concern. They want to make sure the divorce process disrupts their child’s life as little as possible. Similarly, parents who need to modify an existing child custody order often worry about how change will affect their child—even when the change is necessary to keep the child safe.
At Joubert Law Firm, we are compassionate Baton Rouge child custody lawyer who understand how parents feel. Your children are your top priority. Everything we do is geared toward ensuring a positive, healthy result that helps you and your child preserve your important bonds during and after your case.
If you would like to retain primary custody of your child, our family law attorney LA can help. And if you are a non-custodial parent who believes that obtaining primary custody is in your child’s best interest, we will fight tirelessly to show the court why the chance is necessary. Finally, if you are a non-parent who cares deeply about a grandchild, nephew, or other child in your life, we can help you show the court why you are the best person to have custody of the child.
Baton Rouge Child Custody Attorneys
Louisiana is like most states in that its child custody laws are oriented toward decisions that are in the best interests of the child.
In some cases, the parents can agree on child custody decisions, such as where the child will make his or her primary residence and how often the child will have visits with the non-custodial parent. In these cases, it’s quite likely the court will approve the parents’ agreement with no changes or minimal changes. These situations are ideal, as most people prefer an agreement created without the court’s intervention.
However, it’s not always possible for both parents to agree on all points. In these cases, the court will eventually make decisions on their behalf if they are unable to resolve their differences. This means proceeding to a trial if the parties can’t settle their case .
Courts in Louisiana consider numerous factors when determining child custody matters. In any child custody decision, the court is likely to consider the following:
- The child’s age and wishes
- The child’s relationship with each parent
- Whether the child has siblings and where the siblings live
- The parents’ level of cooperation with each other
- Whether the parents have the means and willingness to satisfy the child’s needs, such as food and clothing
- How far the parents live from each other
- The physical and mental health of the parents
- If the child has specific physical or mental health needs
- The child’s bonds in the community and neighborhood where each parent lives
In most cases, the law favors the child having liberal visitation with both parents, as it is usually in the child’s best interest to see both parents as much as possible.
However, in certain cases, it may be better for the child if one parent has sole custody of the child. Although sole custody is comparatively rare, it may be appropriate in cases involving:
- One parent’s substance abuse
- Evidence that the child has been a victim of abuse or neglect
- Domestic violence in the home
Even if the court grants one parent sole custody of the child, it is extremely rare for a court to deny the non-custodial parent visitation with the child. If there is a legitimate concern regarding the fitness of one parent, the court may order supervised visits, which requires a third party to accompany the child on visits to observe and record how the visit progresses.
In some cases, both parents are unfit to have custody of the child. In these situations, the law allows a third party, such as a grandparent, to step in to petition the court for custody.
Consult a Baton Rouge Child Custody Lawyer
Don’t fight a child custody battle alone. Get in touch with a Baton Rouge child custody law firm today. Call the Family Law Attorneys at Joubert Law Firm right now to discuss your case. You can get in touch with us through our online contact form or by calling 225-761-3822.