New Orleans Child Custody Lawyer
Obtain Legal Services from Our New Orleans Family Law Attorneys
When parents are going through a divorce, they must make specific decisions
in a variety of family matters, such as child custody and visitation.
While Louisiana law encourages both parents to make these decisions together,
the court will have the final say on the child custody arrangement.
At Lowe, Stein, Hoffman, Allweiss & Hauver L.L.P., we are dedicated
to helping you come to an agreement about child custody with the other
party or going to trial for you if necessary. Even after a court order
has been established, if the other parent fails to meet their obligations,
our New Orleans
family law attorneys will help you enforce the court order.
Types of Child Custody in Louisiana
Louisiana law favors joint legal custody and, to the extent feasible, an
equal sharing of physical custody. When joint legal custody is awarded,
one parent is designated the domiciliary parent. The domiciliary parent
is the parent with whom the child primarily resides, and is ultimately
responsible for making all major decisions affecting the child. Such decisions
include, but are not limited to, choice of school, elective medical procedures,
religion, and at what age the child can drive. However, the domiciliary
parent is required to first discuss the major decision with the other parent.
Parents often reach agreements regarding child custody. If they cannot,
the court will do so, sometimes with the assistance of a custody evaluation.
In all cases, when determining a child custody arrangement, the judge
must decide what is in the best interest of the child, which is paramount.
The following are some of the factors considered in determining the best
interest of the child:
- Relationship between the child and parents
- Child’s wishes if they are of sufficient age
- Which parent has taken care of the child more
- Parent’s capacity and willingness to provide the child with food,
clothing, medical care and other material needs
- Parents’ willingness and ability to facilitate and encourage a close
and continuing relationship between the child and other parent
- Parents’ mental and physical health
- Parents’ moral fitness insofar as it affects the child’s welfare
25+ Years of Experience on Your Side
Our New Orleans family law attorneys have successfully represented many
clients just like you. With more than two decades of experience, we have
the thorough understanding of Louisiana’s family laws and court
proceedings needed to obtain the results you desire.
(504) 517-8160 today to schedule an appointment.