Child Custody & Visitation

Creating child custody and visitation agreements that function and meet everyone’s goals can be very difficult and, in some cases, impossible. Few parents want to cede any of the time that they share with their children or the right to have a final say on matters related to the raising of the child.

Prior to a divorce, a child’s parents operate as a single unit for the most part. After the divorce, the child’s time must be divided. This will generally work out to mean that the child will live with one parent and the other parent would have visitation.

Frank Flanagan, Newport child custody lawyer, is skilled at helping create child custody and visitation arrangements that are functional now and years to come. Attorney Flanagan is a former Navy JAG officer and taught family law at the Navy Justice School and is a former adjunct professor at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.

Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.

Physical and Legal Custody

There are two types of custody that the court must decide: legal and physical. Legal custody is the right to make decisions regarding your child’s upbringing. Physical custody is where the child lives. The court will look to make these decisions based on serving the best interests of the child.

Serving the best interests of the child in determining primary physical possession may mean that the court will look at which school district a parent lives in and which school district is the best fit for the child. The court will look at a number of factors to ensure that it is serving that best interest when it is making decisions.

Our experience allows us to understand how to effectively advocate for your perspective when these decisions are being made. We understand the factors that the judges look at and how they look at them.

Contact Us About Your Case