One of the most challenging aspects of any break-up is how it will impact your children. Both parents undoubtedly love their children, and want what is best for them, but it can be difficult to reach an agreement over how to parent them separately and how to share time with the kids. A seasoned family law attorney can work with families to help them work out a solution that is best for everyone — especially the children.

Types of Child Custody

There are two types of child custody:

  • Physical custody refers to time actually spent with the child or children. 
  • Legal custody means the ability to make decisions about a child’s upbringing (education, religion, discipline, medical decisions, etc).

Kansas law recognizes both joint and sole legal custody, but prefers joint legal custody, where both parents are making decisions together about the well-being of their children. Physical custody is typically shared, often with one parent having primary custody. If both parents have an equal amount of time with the child, this is known as “shared residency.”

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Kansas Child Custody Considerations

In making child custody determinations, a court has broad discretion. The ultimate goal in any custody order is the best interests of the child, so each case is reviewed and decided on based on its own unique set of facts. In Kansas, neither the mother nor the father has special preference, regardless of the age of the child. The most important factor is the best interests of the child or children. In many cases, the parents are able to agree on custody and visitation schedule that works for them and their children. This agreement is then presented to the court for its approval. 

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Child Custody Attorney in Overland Park, Kansas

Child custody cases require an attorney who is both knowledgeable and compassionate. Litigation often isn’t the best choice for parents who are deciding how to share custody and move forward in a co-parenting relationship. Attorney Mark Jeffers understands the unique aspects of child custody cases, particularly how they can affect children. His calm demeanor and commitment to finding solutions to thorny issues makes him an ideal choice for parents who want to reach an agreement and protect their children from the difficulties of a drawn-out litigation process. He is also experienced in all phases of child custody litigation, and will go to court if necessary to protect a parent’s rights to his or her children. Contact Jeffers Law Office today at 914-385- LAWS (5297) for a free initial consultation with Mark Jeffers.