Fostering Healthy Relationships Between Children and Parents
Child custody and visitation arrangements are often the most emotional and hotly contested parts of a divorce or the end of nonmarital relationship. Unfortunately, when emotions are running high, parents may lose sight of what is in the best interests of their children. That is when the advice and guidance of an experienced lawyer becomes valuable.
At Hallett, Zerillo & Whipple, P.A., we work toward child custody and visitation schedules that benefit children and parents alike. Like the courts in Maine, our Portland lawyers believe that what is most important is a thorough and accurate determination of what arrangements are truly in the best interests of the child.
To speak with a Portland, Maine, child custody attorney at Hallett, Zerillo & Whipple, P.A., please call 207-775-4255 or send us an email, and we will respond promptly.
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Practical Solutions for All Custody-Related Issues
Our legal team handles all types of issues that arise with regard to child custody and parenting time in York County, Cumberland County and throughout Maine. When you come to us, we will help you understand your rights and options with respect to:
- Parental rights and responsibilities: This refers to the right to make decisions about the child's education, health care and general welfare.
- Primary residency: This type of custody refers to where the child lives and with whom.
- Rights of contact: This is Maine's term for visitation rights.
- Child support
Mediation in Child Custody Cases
Many parents are able to sit down and, with the help of their attorneys, work out custody and visitation arrangements themselves, outside of court. If, however, an agreement cannot be reached, Maine law requires the parents to attend mediation before scheduling a court hearing of any kind. Only if mediation is unsuccessful does the issue go to a family law judge.
Relocating Out of Maine?
Relocation cases are a special breed of child custody case that need to be handled with care and skill. If you are relocating out of Maine, contact us to help with your case.
Whatever your custody concerns, the Portland attorneys at Hallett, Zerillo & Whipple, P.A., are prepared to work with you to develop a suitable parenting plan. Whether that means assisting you in negotiating an agreement or advocating for you in court, you can be confident knowing that we will use our skill and experience to reach a positive outcome.
For a Consultation With a Maine Visitation Attorney
The lawyers at Hallett, Zerillo & Whipple, P.A., would be happy to meet with you to discuss your custody and visitation concerns. You can reach our Portland attorneys via email or by calling 207-775-4255 to schedule a confidential consultation.