Determining Custody

Child custody disputes can be very emotional affairs. When you have to argue over how much time you get to spend with your child, you can feel that your worth as a parent and as a person is on trial.

It doesn't have to be this way.

As a former prosecutor, I have seen how conflicts between parents can spill over and damage their children. I try hard to help parents settle their child custody matters amicably, out of court and away from their children. In the vast majority of family law cases, I have been able to help parents reach an agreement on child custody matters at the negotiating table or in a mediation room, without having to go to court.

Negotiation, Mediation And Trial

Settling matters this way saves the time and expense of a courtroom trial. It also helps make sure that the parents themselves, and not judges, are the ones making decisions about their children's future. It also helps reduce the tension so that the children aren't disturbed any more than necessary. In the longer term, it helps to make sure parents' disagreements don't damage their ability to cooperate as needed for child care matters that may come up in the future.

At the same time, it's important for an attorney to be prepared to take your case to trial, if necessary. When you are arguing over shared custody of your children, you need a lawyer who is skilled in negotiation, mediation and litigation.

At Focht Law Firm, I help parents with many issues, including:

  • Child custody
  • Contested child custody
  • Visitation
  • Parenting plans
  • Fathers' rights
  • Relocation
  • Child support
  • Child support modification

Creative Solutions That Fit Your Life

Maybe you and the other parent are in the middle of a divorce, maybe the divorce was settled some time ago. Maybe you were never married. Whatever the circumstances, when you are my client, I find creative solutions to child custody matters that work for your life and your child's.

To find out more, call the Council Bluffs, Iowa, office of Focht Law Firm today at 712-314-5832. You can also contact the firm by email.