Instead of fanning the flames of an already tense situation, most of the time, a reasonable solution that protects your parental rights while putting your children first is what is best for your children and your family,
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Shreveport, LA (PRWEB) July 20, 2017
When child custody disputes turn ugly, children can suffer. “Instead of fanning the flames of an already tense situation, most of the time, a reasonable solution that protects your parental rights while putting your children first is what is best for your children and your family,” said attorney Clinton Bowers, a partner at Bowers Law Firm, LLC, who primarily focuses on handling family disputes, including divorce and child custody.
For couples divorcing that have children, Bowers asks and answers the following three questions regarding the custody arrangement for one’s child:
No. 1: What are the custody options? There are three different kinds of custody options: joint custody, equally shared joint custody, and sole custody. Joint custody allows both parents to have input in making decisions for their children. “A parent having sole custody does not have to get the input of the other parent before making decisions,” said Bowers. “The legal preference is for joint custody, unless there is good cause for sole custody to be awarded.”
No. 2: How does a judge decide how to award custody? The judge will determine what is in the best interest of the child. “There are a variety of factors the court will consider, including the moral fitness of each parent, the distance between residences, and the past cooperation between the parties,” noted Bowers. “Occasionally the court will appoint a custody evaluator to assist them in determining what is in the children’s best interest.”
No. 3: Are there alternatives to going to court? While the final agreement must be approved by the court, the parents’ agreement will always be approved by the court. “If the parties need help reaching an agreement or preparing the paperwork, they can consult a mediator or an attorney who will help them work together to reach an agreement,” concluded Bowers. “Ultimately, these types of agreements have the best long-term outcomes for the parties and the children.”
About Clinton Bowers and Bowers Law Firm, LLC
Clinton Bowers is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before all Louisiana state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Mr. Bowers is a Member of the Louisiana State Law Institute’s Marriage-Persons Committee and is a qualified Custody and Visitation Mediator. Practice areas of the Bowers Law Firm include divorce, child and spousal support, child custody, dividing community property, prenuptial agreements and domestic violence. For more information, please call (318) 798-2540, or visit http://www.bowerslawfirmllc.com. The law office is located at 7600 Fern Ave., Suite 100, Shreveport, LA 71105.
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