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Child-Custody

Deciding a custody agreement for your child is so important for providing them with the atmosphere they need to grow and learn. Without stability, children can suffer emotional problems or get into trouble. That is why you need to consider all aspects of custody seriously and with professional guidance.

Whether you are preparing for divorce or need to resolve a custody matter as an unmarried mother or father, relying on friends' advice or inexperienced counsel could lead to unexpected results and serious regrets.

Family lawyers at our firm have dealt effectively with all types of custody concerns and related matters throughout their combined 50 years in practice. Constance Peschang Stannard and David Burbidge both emphasize focused personal attention to each client's unique concerns and a practical, assertive approach to achieving workable outcomes.

Clarifying Relevant Laws And Asserting Your Parental Rights

Whatever your specific situation, our Iowa City child custody attorneys will carefully explain relevant laws and viable options. Key considerations in custody matters include:

  • Physical Custody: An order for physical custody will determine whether children will live primarily with one parent who has sole custody or divide their time equally or nearly so between two households in a shared custody arrangement
  • Legal Custody: A legal custody order will also be issued to govern whether both parents are entitled to input on major decisions regarding major issues in children's upbringing, such as education and medical care.
  • Visitation: When one parent obtains sole physical custody, the other is typically granted visitation — sometimes called simply "parenting time" — and parents have the latitude to agree to virtually any schedule.
  • Parenting Plans: Ultimately, the most important document in many custody cases is a detailed parenting plan, and we are adept at anticipating issues and developing plans that do justice to both parents' roles.

In all we do, we target favorable outcomes by the most practical, affordable path. However, we are also formidable courtroom litigators when negotiations or mediation break down.

Our knowledge and past efforts cover the full range of children's issues, including actions to stop and prevent domestic violence, resolution of paternity claims, adoptions and establishment of guardianships for grandparents and other family members.

Concerned About Child Custody In Central Or Eastern Iowa?

At Johnston, Stannard, Klesner, Burbidge & Fitzgerald, P.L.C., we will prioritize your children's best interests and your most important relationships. For a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your needs, call us at 866-942-5302 or email us now.

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Iowa City, IA 52244-3400

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