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Helping You Determine Custody Arrangements

Custody arrangements have a major impact on the relationships between children and parents. In West Virginia, there is a legal presumption that joint custody is in the best interest of your children. Domestic relations laws of the state affirm that, “the best interest of children is the court’s primary concern in allocating custodial and decision-making responsibilities between parents who do not live together.”

The law encourages “frequent and continuing contact with parents who have shown the ability to act in the best interest of their children” and discusses parents’ “rights and responsibilities of rearing their children” after a separation or divorce. Bottner & Associates, Attorneys at Law, helps clients understand and negotiate workable parenting plans (formerly referred to as custody and visitation). Our attorney represents parents in negotiations, mediation and when necessary, at trial.

Factors That Influence Allocation Of Parents’ Custodial And Decision-Making Responsibilities

Custody arrangements are based on a number of factors dependent on how your family functioned during the two years prior to separation.

If you see divorce coming but it is not yet imminent, Mr. Bottner encourages you to keep a log of your involvement with your children day to day. Do you take them to doctors’ visits, enroll them in school and take them on family outings? Do you provide guidance in their daily activities at home? Writing these things down can help keep you ready for discussions about a proposed parenting plan. Our law firm’s experience in family law can provide reassurance and useful information through this process.

When You Have Custody Issues To Hash, Call The Stache

Bottner & Associates and all staff members at the law firm look forward to talking with you about the type of parenting plan that you envision. We will assist and advocate for you during what can be an emotional matter for many parents heading for a separation or divorce.

No matter where you are on your family’s path of transition, let’s talk it over. To schedule a consultation with an experienced, caring family law attorney, call 304-885-4265 or send an email message through this website.