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Child Custody in Vermont
In Vermont, custody is referred to as “parental rights and responsibilities.” Parental rights and responsibilities are divided into two categories:
- Legal rights and responsibilities mean the right to make decisions regarding major events in a child’s life, such as elective surgery, religion and schooling.
- Physical rights and responsibilities refer to the place at which the child primarily resides.
Legal and physical rights and responsibilities may be assigned in a number of ways. For example:
- A parent may have sole legal and physical responsibility.
- A parent may have shared legal and sole physical rights and responsibilities.
- The parents may share both legal and physical rights and responsibilities.
- The parents may share physical rights and responsibilities, while one parent retains legal rights and responsibilities.
Child custody is a critical aspect of divorce that needs the caring, responsive attention of experienced lawyers who are well-versed and up-to-date on child custody laws.
Whether your goal is to obtain sole or shared custody, whether you need to iron out a few wrinkles or are prepared to engage in a contentious custody battle, we will work with you to develop a strategy that is most likely to achieve a positive result.
We will guide you through each step as we implement the strategy. Our goal always is to consider the best interests and well-being of the child as we advise our clients about custody rights and laws.
Visitation in Vermont
Visitation is a critical aspect of divorce that needs the caring, responsive attention of experienced attorneys who are well-versed in Vermont family law and issues of child custody and visitation laws.
After a divorce, the need to maintain contact on a regular basis with a child is vital for both the non-custodial parent and the child. Parent-child contact schedules can be very simple, or they can be very complicated. While the amount of parent-child contact that a non-custodial parent has on a weekly basis is important, there are other considerations that need to be taken into account when preparing a schedule, such as school vacations, summer vacations and holidays. It is important that a comprehensive parent-child contact schedule be constructed to avoid misunderstandings.
We work diligently to obtain outcomes that are favorable to our clients. We will take steps to attain a visitation order that is fair and equitable to both parents and child(ren). While we can offer suggestions and guidance, it’s up to both parents to help establish and maintain a parent-child contact schedule that works for everyone involved.