The first thing the court has to look at is what is in the best interest of the children. And when a couple is first breaking up, that is a critical question. Where are the children going to live? Primarily? Where are they going to school? It’s really important that a person will look at that from the very beginning, when a couple is separating, and deciding where the children are going to live and what they’re going to do, it’s important to keep them in their routines, keep them in school, where they’re going, keep them with a childcare provider that they’re familiar with. If there are family and friends that are a part of that child’s life, it’s important to keep them involved.
How I help with that is I can prepare the request for order, I can help a parent determine what steps they need to take so they can present to the court what is in the best interest of the child, and let them know what the child’s doing, where they’re going to school, what things they’re familiar with, and how to present that to a court in a persuasive way. So that parent gets the kind of custody and visitation orders that they want, as well as are in the best interest of their children. What I do is I partner with the parent, and I can give them information and tips. Because I understand that this is an entire family unit and being able to support the parents, I can support the children and help them realize what is the best situation and how to present that information to the court so that parents can get orders to protect their children and give them the most support possible during this difficult time.