Chelmsford Child Custody Lawyer
When a marriage is ending and a couple has children, ensuring that children are cared for and have a relationship with their parents is the single most important issue in a divorce. It is important for parents to understand their rights and have their best interests represented by a knowledgeable family law attorney.
At the Law Office of Peter V. Lawlor, PC, in Chelmsford, we represent mothers and fathers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, offering them skilled representation for issues of child custody. Led by a lawyer with more than 30 years of experience, we are capable of resolving even the most acrimonious and complex child custody matters.
Reaching a Parenting Agreement That Is in Your Child’s Best Interests
In many cases, it is ideal to arrive at a shared parenting arrangement, commonly known as “shared custody.” In negotiating and settling these agreements or — when an agreed-upon settlement is not possible — in litigation it is important to accomplish the balance between one parent’s goals and the overall best interest of the child.
A shared parenting arrangement does not necessarily mean a 50/50 split of time between both parents; what ultimately will decide the matter is what is judged to be in the best interest of the child. For example, if a child’s experience has involved more time spent with one parent, including involvement in medical appointments, school functions and other aspects of day-to-day life, it may not make sense to have a 50/50 arrangement after the divorce.
Providing Legal Representation When a Guardian Ad Litem Is Involved
When a case warrants it, both Massachusetts and New Hampshire courts will support the appointment of a guardian ad litem to represent the interest of the child in custody proceedings. We have considerable experience representing parents when a guardian ad litem is involved and are skilled at arriving at solutions that are in the best interest of children and their parents.
Contact Our Attorney for Help With Shared Parenting and Other Family Law Matters
To learn more about our child custody practice and how we can assist you in doing the right thing for your child, contact us online to arrange a consultation.