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Child Custody

At the Law Offices of Ellen B. Lubell, we have your family's best interests at heart. In a divorce case where children are involved, to the extent that it is possible and reasonable for parents to reach a mutual agreement, it is always in the best interest of the child for them to do so.

We assist parents in reaching child custody agreements by helping them identify and negotiate the parameters of a parenting plan: physical custody and parental access ("visitation") schedules, educational, medical, and religious needs, and financial support. We can work with a variety of experts to help parents reach the best decision, including a custody evaluator, a parenting plan coordinator, or a therapist.

If an agreement cannot be reached

We are prepared to argue your child custody case vigorously and persuasively in court. Again, we can work with a variety of specialists to prove your case for physical custody, including a custody evaluator, parenting plan therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist.

Court is no place for a child. However, a child's interests are paramount in the court's mind. Those interests are represented not by the child but by their own appointed counsel or, if they are too young to articulate their interests, a guardian ad litem.

If your child is over the age of 12 or is particularly mature, he or she is best served by having a separate attorney. Your child can then tell the attorney his or her wishes regarding the custody decision and the lawyer will advocate on the child's behalf in court.

If the child is under 12, cannot articulate a preference, or sometimes regardless, a guardian ad litem may be appointed by the court. The guardian ad litem will make an assessment about the best interests of your child and will present that to the child's lawyer or the court.

Attorney Ellen Lubell also assists clients with child custody agreements relating to paternity cases and termination of parental rights.

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