If you don’t live with your child’s other parent, a formal child custody agreement is recommended to ensure that both parents are able to spend an adequate amount of time with the child. To pursue custody or visitation rights, contact the Law Offices of Susan Alexander, P.S.
About Child Custody in Washington
In the state of Washington, the best interests of the child is the primary factor considered in the determination of custody. However, the court will also consider the desires of the parents, the housing situation and other factors that may affect the child’s welfare. Typically the Washington Courts determine which parent is the primary parent which results in the children spending more than 50% of the time with the primary parent. However, the court’s determination of the residential schedule or parenting plan is based on the unique set of facts and circumstances in each individual case.
Child Custody Modifications
If circumstances relevant to child custody change, either parent may request a modification to the current custody agreement. Modifications may be granted if both parties agree or if the court rules that the modification is warranted by a legally significant substantial change in circumstances such that the modification would be in the best interest of the child.
Hiring an Attorney
Although you can choose to represent yourself in child custody cases, it is usually in your best interest to consult an attorney any time you are involved in this type of case. An attorney who has experience dealing with child custody cases in Washington can help you understand the applicable laws and make the best possible decisions for yourself and your children.
Here at the Law Offices of Susan Alexander, P.S., we have many years of experience representing clients in child custody cases, and we understand all of the complex child custody laws that apply in the state of Washington. If you are planning for a residential schedule or to determine a parenting plan , or if you are already involved in a custody battle, please contact the Law Offices of Susan Alexander, P.S. today to learn more about your rights under Washington law or to schedule a consultation. We hope to hear from you soon!