Resolving Child Custody And Support Issues
At Colgan Law Firm LLC, we help our clients create detailed and comprehensive parenting plans that cover all possible contingencies now and in the future. When you have a written document that sets out a parenting plan in detail, confusion and disagreements can be minimized.
If the other parent fails to cooperate or hold up his or her end of the agreement, we are prepared to enforce your parental rights and provide strong representation in court. Our clients include parents throughout Wyandotte, Leavenworth and Johnson counties, including military members and their spouses stationed at Fort Leavenworth.
For a consultation to discuss your case, contact Colgan Law Firm LLC in Kansas City, Kansas. We provide strong representation and sound legal advice to parents, grandparents, stepparents, adoptive parents and other family members with concerns about child custody.
Kansas Courts Prefer Joint Custody
In the state of Kansas, the courts generally prefer that separated or divorced parents have joint custody of their child. But what does that mean?
It means that both parents can be involved in making important decisions regarding the health, education and religious training of the child. Does that mean that the parents will always agree? Probably not, but there are legal processes for resolving conflict, and we can help you resolve a dispute if one arises.
In addition to joint custody, Kansas courts recognize a number of other types of custody: shared custody, residential custody and sole custody. We can help you understand these particular arrangements and when the courts might award one type of custody or another.
Achieving Positive Results In And Out Of Court
When they consider the best interests of their child, parents can usually come to a reasonable agreement without going to court to settle a dispute. Judges also generally prefer that parents resolve their child custody disputes outside of court — not under the supervision of a stranger wearing a black robe, hearing arguments from attorneys.
However, at times it is necessary for our law firm to litigate matters in front of a judge when the disagreements are so deep and comprehensive that the parents alone are not able to settle the dispute. In these cases, our experience as trial attorneys can greatly benefit our clients.
In addition to helping parents create parenting plans, we advise and represent grandparents, stepparents, aunts, uncles and same-sex spouses who wish to adopt a child or establish guardianship. These cases can be extremely fulfilling for everyone involved, and we are pleased to offer these services.
Child Custody And Support Modifications
Life is ever-changing, and when family circumstances change after a child custody decree has been made, it may be possible to modify the custody or support arrangement.
Generally, there must be a substantial change in circumstances for a child custody order to be modified. For example, the amount of child support may be modified if the income of either parent significantly increases or decreases. Likewise, a modification may be needed if the child’s well-being is threatened by the current living arrangements.
We help our clients understand their options for child custody modifications, including move-away issues and relocating with a child. In any case, the court will prioritize the child’s best interests over all other concerns.