Albuquerque, New Mexico Child Custody Attorneys
One of the most difficult and complex negotiations to be made during a divorce is the custody of your children. Each parent generally wants to be the primary custodian for the child, and it is the duty of the court to decide what is in the child’s best interests. At The Justice Legal Group, our skilled child custody attorneys will work tirelessly to protect your best interests, answer any of your questions, and fight for your rights during custody battles.
Many of our clients are unaware of the legal terms associated with child custody, so we would like to provide a general description of some of the basic terms you may hear during a custody battle:
Joint custody allows parents shared decision-making responsibilities of their child. It refers to the right of both parents to make decisions regarding the child’s schooling, religion, health care, residence, and recreation.
In the case of sole custody, one parent is the primary custodian and has sole decision-making responsibilities. During certain custody battles, the courts may award sole legal custody to one parent but ensure visitation rights for the non-custodial parent. This can become very complex and requires the skill and experience of a knowledgeable family law attorney.
Physical custody refers to the right of a parent to have the child live with him or her either solely or in alternating time periods with the other parent. The courts ultimately decide what is best for the child and will award physical custody accordingly.
With legal custody, one or both of the parents (depending on the court’s decision) have the right and obligation to make decisions about the child’s schooling, religion, medical care, and other aspects of upbringing. This can be joint or sole depending on the circumstances of your relationship and the willingness of both parties to communicate.
In some serious cases, the custodial parent may alienate the non-custodial parent from the child and cause severe emotional and psychological trauma for both the child and parent. Whether it’s the father or mother’s alienation, careful steps must be taken to fight the alienation.
Contact Our Albuquerque Attorneys
If you are in the midst of a complex custody battle with your former spouse, you may need the assistance of experienced child custody attorneys. We have years of experience representing the best interests of our clients and their children. Contact The Justice Legal Group today for the legal advice and representation you need during your child custody battle.