Family Law: Child Custody

slide3Child custody is a complicated procedure but remember you are not alone. Family lawyers exist for a reason and they are all over the United States helping people deal with issues such as divorce, child custody, and more. Child custody is serious business and requires a lot of patience, understanding and compromise from all parties involved. Family law in Seattle is no different especially when it involves children. The interests of the child must always be taken into consideration during the proceedings in the long and short term.

The Internet is a great resource to start your research for information related to your needs as well as information necessary for family court. The state of Washington offers many different sources of information, along with printable papers to start the due process. You will need to collect all information possible about both parties (income, residence, job information, relationship status etc.) to more accurately fill out this paper work. It is recommended to have a lawyer assist you in this paperwork to ensure validity and success. If you fail to fill out the paperwork correctly you will have to make the necessary changes before you can proceed any further.

Separation is when two parties decide they no longer want to live together, which will lead to raising the child in different households provided joint custody is desired or sought after. The issue should not be about a child, in doing so the adults could put pressure on the child because the child could come to the conclusion the separation is their fault. During this time, you will be required to stay calm and keep in mind the priority is the child above all else. Court will not release you of your duties and obligations towards the child or give you custody by simply informing them of your desire to raise the child or not raise the child; you must offer evidence to the court to support your position. This usually leads to court, negotiations, and a formal of custody agreement.

Child support is possible even with joint custody. If the child is required to stay at one home a majority of the time, financial needs related to the raising the child will have to be arranged. Child support is paid in full when one party gives up their rights to the child and allows the other party to raise the child solely. These days sole physical custody is hard to get without validation or the other party’s consent or proof and reasons why they should not have custody.

Co-parenting is a common form of parenting and involves two parties that mutually agree to raise a child together. Custody negotiations are usually involved to insure both parties hold up their end of the agreement.

The state will always recommend joint custody unless there is a serious reason a different form of custody that should be put into effect. Go to for more information about family law.┬áRemember you are not alone; there are people all over the world dealing with parenting issues, custody and court. Family law is there so that people don’t need to feel trapped.