Previously referred to as child custody or child visitation
Couples who are separating or divorcing may face serious disagreements over assets, such as a home, a business, or a pension. Equally contentious may be responsibility of indebtedness on mortgages, commercial loans, credit cards, and auto purchases.
However, when separating or divorcing spouses cannot agree on timesharing schedules for their children, a court may appoint an outside attorney or assign social workers, custody evaluators, or psychologist to represent and advocate for the best interests of the children.
Although the spouses may be upset with each other, both should understand their responsibilities to their children’s court-appointed attorney. They should:
- Take the appointment seriously and show respect for the attorney.
- Attend meetings and hearings called by the attorney, and return all phone calls.
- Cooperate with the attorney and provide documents, testimony, evidence, and anything else that is requested.
- Be truthful and listen to the attorney’s explanations, ideas, and concerns carefully.
- Feel free to inquire about the attorney’s reasons for doing things and what anticipated results may be.
- Report meeting or hearing results to your own attorney promptly.
Doing your utmost to act in the best interests of your children can only help your case.