Cedar Rapids Child Custody Lawyers
Trustworthy Legal Team with Proven Results
Child custody can be one of the most contentious issues in a divorce, post-divorce, or paternity matter. Each parent may feel that he or she is better suited to care for their child. This can lead to court battles that take an emotional toll on both parents and children.
When facing these challenges, you need a legal guide who is well-versed in this issue, who understands how family courts operate, and who can accurately communicate your needs and goals to your spouse’s lawyer, a mediator, or the court.
Our Cedar Rapids child custody attorneys have been handling custody cases for three decades. We are extremely familiar with the local courts and with the tactics that can help you reach a workable parenting plan. We understand the complexities of these issues and offer diligent, caring, and capable legal service.
Child Custody in Iowa
Iowa courts make decisions in the best interests of children. They prefer to order a custody arrangement that allows the child to maintain a relationship with both parents and that will encourage both parties to share in their parental rights and responsibilities. The only exception is if one parent has a history of child abuse, substance abuse, or domestic violence that could emotionally or physically harm the child.
When determining custody arrangements, courts consider:
- The child’s age, health, and needs
- Each parent’s age, health, and stability
- The child’s relationship with each parent and his or her siblings
- The proximity of each parent’s residence
There are two types of custody: legal and physical. Legal custody gives a parent the right to make decisions about major matters in the child’s life, such as medical care, education, religion, safety, and more. Physical custody dictates with whom the child will reside. While courts favor joint custody arrangements, they do allow sole physical custody that includes visitation rights or overnights for the noncustodial parent.
We Are Here to Serve You
No matter how challenging your custody case may be, Howes Law Firm, P.C. can help. Discuss your unique case with one of our child custody attorneys in Cedar Rapids during a free consultation to learn more.
Reach out to us at (319) 264-2922 today.
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