Child Custody Attorney in Baton Rouge
Child Custody Options in Divorce -(225) 283-1374
When dissolving a marriage, either through a divorce or legal separation, child custody is one of the most important aspects of the decision. While a divorcing party will be separating from his or her spouse, parents will never be separating from their children.
Due to the vital nature of the child custody arrangement, discussions about where the children will reside and when they will visit the other parent can quickly escalate. You deserve to work with a skilled child custody lawyer who can ensure that your child's rights are protected throughout the process and in the final court order.
Why choose The Layfield Law Firm for your custody case?
- Nearly a decade of legal experience
- One-on-one service from your lawyer
- Personal, caring, and skilled legal support
- Free case evaluation to begin your case
This firm is committed to helping parents ensure that their children have a stable living environment, working out custody and visitation agreements as amicably as possible. You deserve to have a legal advocate with years of experience in family law who can help you get through this daunting process as smoothly as possible. At this Baton Rouge child custody law firm, Beau Layfield handles each case personally: You can rest assured that when you hire Beau Layfield as your attorney, you get Beau Layfield and nobody else.
Contact our firm to schedule my free case evaluation.
Louisiana Custody: Best Interest of the Child
There are various types of custody arrangements in the state of Louisiana, and when you need to determine what is best for you and your family, many factors will be involved in this decision.
Legal custody, whether it is held by one parent or shared equally by both parents, gives a parent the right to make decisions about the child's upbringing, such as schooling, medical care, and other significant decisions. In all cases, the best interest of the child is always the top priority.
Types of Child Custody
When going through divorce proceedings in Baton Rouge, if you and your ex-spouse have children, you will have to agree on a plan for child custody. If both of you cannot work out an amicable agreement amongst yourselves, the court will make the decision for you.
The 4 major types of child custody in Louisiana are:
One parent has sole custody of the child. The other parent may have visitation rights, but the custodial parent has the final say on most important decisions regarding the child (an exception is relocation, which usually requires consulting the non-custodial parent). Any parent wishing to achieve sole custody must show by clear and convincing evidence that sole custody will serve the best interest of the child.
Louisiana law provides that joint custody is strongly preferred. Typically one parent is designated as the domiciliary parent. The domiciliary parent has the authority to make all major decisions concerning the child, but the non-domiciliary parent may ask the court to review these decisions. If no domiciliary parent is designated, then both parents have equal decision-making authority. The child may spend more time with one of the parents, but neither parent is deprived of decision-making powers.
An uncommon custody plan that places some of the children with one parent and the remaining children with the other parent. Because the courts are reluctant to separate siblings, this arrangement is rare in Louisiana.
Custody is granted to someone other than the natural parent of the child, for example, a relative or close friend of the family. Normally this occurs only when it is proven that neither of the parents is suitable to raise the child.
At The Layfield Law Firm, Beau will diligently work to ensure all parties come to the best agreement for all involved, especially the children. Contact our firm today for a free consultation regarding custody.
If you have an experienced family law and divorce attorney standing by you throughout the divorce process, you will have a better chance of getting what you want for you and your children. Having a lawyer who knows about the legal issues surrounding child custody will make is possible to bring a more persuasive argument to the bargaining table and increase your chances of winning the custody plan you want.
Trying to Work out a Child Custody Plan
At The Layfield Law Firm, you will receive personalized handling of your case. Beau Layfield has abundant experience in child custody problems. When you come to The Layfield Law Firm you will work with Beau Layfield. He does not push his work off on lower level associates. You will have the advantage of Beau Layfield's successful experience and he will carefully prepare your case to assure it will be resolved as efficiently as possible.
If your divorce is already finalized, but you are unhappy with the child custody arrangement you were awarded, he may be able to help negotiate a modification that would allow more time with your child and give you more decision-making authority. His goal is to help you get a child custody arrangement that will make you and your child happy for the long-term.
Call (225) 283-1374 to reach a Baton Rouge divorce lawyer at the firm today for a free consultation: Tell Beau about your case to find answers!
As a business owner trying to juggle responsibilities with my clients and in my business, it was important to find someone who understood the value of my time while helping me navigate me through a difficult divorce.- Former Client
I contacted him initially because The Layfield Law Firm website specifically listed "uncontested divorce" within the areas of practice.- Former Client
During this process, there were times when I became so frustrated that I wanted to give up. Beau always brought me back to reality and made suggestions to assist with my concerns.- Former Client
Hopefully I won't need a lawyer in the future, but if I do, I am calling Mr Layfield.- Former Client
Do I have to go to court in order to obtain a divorce?
Filing divorce papers with a court is the only way you will obtain a legal separation from your spouse. This applies to any other form of legal separation, including a marriage annulment. Aside from the divorce decree itself, a court is able to assist in settling other matters related to divorce, which include child custody and the distribution of marital assets.
How will custody of my child be decided?It is possible for you and your spouse to come to a decision regarding child custody without the court intervening.
However, if you and your spouse cannot come to a custody terms agreement, the court will decide for you, and will look at the following:
- the child's gender and age;
- the child's mental and physical health;
- the child's relationship with each parent;
- the parents' respective lifestyles;
- each parent's ability to provide basic necessities for the child, including shelter, food, and clothing; and
- the child's preference (if they are of a certain age).
Isn't divorce expensive?
A contested divorce can get expensive due to the necessity to attend trial, and document the case to present in court. Those who can work out their agreements prior to court and settle them with negotiations can not only save a lot of money, they avoid the serious stress of a court trial and exposing your personal business in court. In either case, I will help you bring the issue to a resolution with the least amount of stress, whether in a contested or uncontested divorce. I make every effort to make my services affordable so that you can have high quality legal counsel to support your case.
How long will the divorce process take?
The length of your divorce proceedings will depend on different factors, which include how long it takes to serve divorce papers to your spouse, whether your spouse is willing to waive their rights to service and notice of trial, whether you have minor children from the marriage and legal delays. Typically, it will take 20 to 40 days to receive a divorce judgment from the court after papers have been served. If your spouse decides to waive his or her rights to service and notice of trial, the judgment can come swiftly. It is important to note that a judgment does not become finalized until the 30-day "appeals" window has ended.
Another important point to note is that you must be living separately from your spouse for six months (or longer if there are minor children from the marriage) before being able to file a petition, unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as your spouse committed a felony. Securing an attorney for legal representation may result in your divorce process being resolved much faster than you attempting to navigate the proceedings on your own.
Do I need a lawyer in a personal injury claim?
Insurance company studies show that those who have legal representation in their case recover an average of 3.5 times more than those who try to get the issue resolved on their own. Insurance companies do not like to pay out large settlements, and frequently move fast with an offer, within days of a car accident or other serious injury accident. If you accept this early offer, it can be a terrible mistake; you may later require more medical treatment, or not recover in the expected amount of time, or could experience complications. I will carefully evaluate your injury case and ensure that we are pursuing every type of damage that could be claimed in your case. It is very important that you have legal counsel that will protect your right to fair compensation, and I will fight for fair treatment for you and your family. A personal injury lawyer is imperative if you suffered serious injuries. I am a Louisiana attorney that is interested in helping your resolve these issues.