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10/12/2014
By: Linda G.
Sam Cahnman Law Offices
Upon hearing my concerns as to why my young son's visitation should remain supervised, Sam Cahnman informed me of options I wasn't even aware I had and prepared three necessary motions, asking the court to appoint a child advocate to remove bias from the proceedings. Long story short, the child advocate and judge overwhelmingly agreed that the supervision remain in place. This was a very serious safety issue that very well could have been a life or death one for my son. But what really makes Sam stand out to me as compared to other attorneys I've worked with in the past, was how truly concerned for my son he was. It was written all over his face. It was a chance encounter that led me to discuss this with Sam the day before court, and within 24 hours, he had the motions prepared. Those motions led to my son's continued safety and I am eternally grateful for the fact that he recognized the danger to my son and the immediate time and care he put into ensuring his safety.
Tips & Advices
A child custody schedule pertains to visitation rights, and might go into great detail as a court-ordered breakdown of when a child lives with and spends time with each parent. It is not uncommon for child custody schedules to be broken down by the hour, established months in advance.
Primary custody is the classification for the parent with whom the child spends the majority of their time in unequal joint physical custody distributions.
The legal definition may vary somewhat by state, but joint custody generally refers to a dynamic in which both parents retain physical custody rights after a divorce. This typically means the child spends time at two homes and, technically, has two different addresses.
Yes, but in most states and jurisdictions, the “bar” for so-called abuse of discretion is high. In order to overturn a custody decision, the guardian in question must be proven to have violated specific terms of the agreement in a manner so egregious that the child was endangered or otherwise put at serious risk.
The foremost consideration is almost always a suitable living space for the child. Social services might inspect a home to ensure it meets certain standards for public health, in addition to providing a positive and loving environment. Beyond that, the court will look at the custodian in question’s less tangible connections with the child, particularly in third-party cases, to ensure they are providing the best possible care. Work history, income, personal health and any official legal records will all be taken into account. The opinions of the children, or child, also might be taken into account.

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