Child Custody: One Of The Most Critical Issues

At the South King County law firm of Hanis Irvine Prothero, PLLC, we firmly believe that your relationships with your children matter. For this reason, you can count on our family law attorneys to be your unwavering advocates, fighting diligently to protect your parental rights.

With in-depth experience in both litigation and negotiation pertaining to child custody, we are ready and able to stand up for you in what may be the most important legal matter of your life.

In Most Cases, Having Both Parents Involved Is Best

Though you may be hoping for sole custody — and though your children may want to live only with you — it is very difficult to convince the Washington courts that such an arrangement is ideal. In the vast majority of cases, the court deems that it is in a child's best interests to spend time with both parents.

Our law firm can help you develop an effective parenting plan or "residential schedule" that truly meets your needs. We are creative problem-solvers, so if you need a nontraditional arrangement due to military deployment or other issues, we are able to assist.

Understanding The Role Of The Guardian Ad Litem

If you and the other parent cannot agree on how to divide time and responsibilities, the court may decide to appoint a guardian ad litem (GAL). The GAL's sole purpose is to investigate the situation and make a recommendation to the court about what would be in the child's best interests. We can advise you on how to cooperate with the GAL and what to expect.

Making Changes To Your Current Parenting Plan

If you need to modify a residential schedule/parenting plan, we can advise you. We have experience helping clients modify parenting plans due to out-of-state relocations, domestic violence issues, the child's needs and many other factors.

Call Hanis Irvine Prothero at 253-520-5000 or 877-391-5319 to arrange a consultation with a lawyer. You can also reach our Kent office by email.

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