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Divorce is rarely easy, and the process can be particularly difficult for parents, as they must make considerations for the best interest of their children; however, competition between divorcing parents can often complicate child-related matters.
Our attorneys recognize the inherent emotional concerns and are committed to negotiating and settling cases efficiently whenever possible to minimize the negative impact to the children. As Polk County attorneys, we are also prepared to litigate when necessary and aggressively advocate for our clients in court.
We combine years of experience with a team of passionate advocates to get you to a better place.
Child custody orders are determined by several factors based on what is in the best interests of the child or children that are involved.
While many child custody issues can be resolved through the collaborative process, negotiation, or mediation, it may become necessary to present the case before a judge due to differing opinions and goals of the parents involved. In these cases, our Des Moines child custody lawyers are ready to advocate for you. The judge will use the following factors to determine what plan is best for the child(ren):
Any court in Iowa will always decide custody based on what is in the best interests of the child.
As long as the father has proven paternity, then he will receive the same rights to custody, support, and visitation as the mother would. While dated ideologies have always shown women to have rights to children, more modern ways of thinking have helped fathers win cases in court. This is because it is clear how important the father is in a child's life.
When fighting for custody, it can become emotional and intense between both parties.
This may lead them to accuse each other as being unfit. An unfit parent is seen as someone who is unable to care for a child due to multiple factors that we will discuss further below.
It is important to remember that the court has a duty to rule in favor of the child’s best interests. While you may see a concern for your child, it is important to take into consideration that any claims presented may be brought into an investigation.
The judge may assign a professional evaluator to review the allegations stated if necessary. These are a few factors of what the judge may rule as an unfit parent:
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