Child Custody Lawyers in Des Moines
Helping Clients Establish, Contest, Modify & Enforce Child Custody Orders
During a divorce, one of the most emotional and difficult issues that must be addressed is determining child custody. An experienced Des Moines child custody attorney from our firm can effectively advocate for each client’s goals while always protecting their best interests.
We can also help parents in situations where one party is wrongfully withholding parenting time or visitation from the other .Our child custody lawyers are here in your time of need, contact our Family Law attorneys today.
Our firm helps clients with the following child custody orders:
- Primary physical care
- Shared physical care
- Joint legal custody
- Sole legal custody
- Interstate custody matters
How is Child Custody Determined in Iowa?
Child custody orders are determined by several factors based on what is in the best interests of the child or children that are involved.
While many child custody issues can be resolved through the collaborative process, negotiation, or mediation, it may become necessary to present the case before a judge due to differing opinions and goals of the parents involved. In these cases, our Des Moines child custody lawyers are ready to advocate for you.
The judge will use the following factors to determine what plan is best for the child(ren):
- What is in the best interests of the child(ren)
- The willingness of each parent to care for the child(ren)
- Any history of abuse, mental health issues, or criminal acts
- Which parent has been the primary caregiver of the child(ren)
Is Iowa a Mother or Father State?
Any court in Iowa will always decide custody based on what is in the best interests of the child. As long as the father has proven paternity, then he will receive the same rights to custody, support, and visitation as the mother would.
While dated ideologies have always shown women to have rights to children, more modern ways of thinking have helped fathers win cases in court. This is because it is clear how important the father is in a child's life.
What Is Considered an Unfit Parent in Iowa?
When fighting for custody, it can become emotional and intense between both parties. This may lead them to accuse each other as being unfit. An unfit parent is seen as someone who is unable to care for a child due to multiple factors that we will discuss further below.
It is important to remember that the court has a duty to rule in favor of the child’s best interests. While you may see a concern for your child, it is important to take into consideration that any claims presented may be brought into an investigation. The judge may assign a professional evaluator to review the allegations stated if necessary.
These are a few factors of what the judge may rule as an unfit parent:
- The parent has a history of domestic violence, substance or alcohol abuse
- The parent has a mental health disorder that inhibits them from carrying out their role as provider
- The parent has not shown interest in the child life, nor have they shown the willingness to resolve their issues with the other parent
If the court suspects or has determined any false claims, this may result in:
- Additional loss of custody
- Contempt of court charges
- Or criminal charges of custodial inference
Consult with our child custody attorney about your parental rights today.
At What Age Can a Child Decide Which Parent to Live With?
When ruling a custody case, a judge may consider the wishes of the child if they are old enough and have good reason. The best interests of the child will always be the most important factor, especially if one parent shows characteristics of being "unfit".
Fighting for the Best Interests of Your Child In Des Moines, IA
When you call our firm to discuss the details of your child custody case, we are happy to schedule a free consultation with you. We sit down with each of our clients in order to talk about the individual details of your case and go over the best possible legal options available in order to reach a solid resolution.
If the other parent of your child is violating your parental rights, such as withholding visitation, we can fight on your behalf. Our child custody attorneys in Des Moines can provide you with the caring and capable advocacy you need.
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