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Child Custody

Child custody is one of the biggest issues parents face. This is an especially crucial time for fathers. As written, Washington State Law doesn’t favor one parent over the other or discriminate against fathers. Still, it doesn’t always work like that and many men feel the odds are against them.
Child Custody

How is Child Custody Decided?

Increasingly, the courts recognize the importance of keeping both parents in a child’s life. It’s rare to award one parent total control. That usually only occurs in cases of abuse or neglect, where health and safety are in jeopardy.

In Washington, the parenting plan usually lays out one parent as the “primary residential parent,” while the other gets “residential time.” The parenting plan also establishes the decision-making rights and responsibilities for the child’s upbringing. This includes choices about education, religion, medical care, and more.

When creating the parenting plan, many factors come into play. This includes the child’s relationship with each parent, parenting ability, the child’s connection to siblings, location, physical environment, and more. In the end, the child’s ultimate well-being takes precedence over most other concerns.

Increasingly, the courts recognize the importance of keeping both parents in a child’s life. It’s rare to award one parent total control. That usually only occurs in cases of abuse or neglect, where health and safety are in jeopardy.

Parenting Plans

What is a parenting plan?

The court document that addresses custody matters is called a parenting plan. These orders define everything involving custody and visitation rights. Parenting Plans establish:

  • where a child lives,
  • which parent holds the decision-making authority,
  • how much time you spend together, 
  • who controls choices about education, religion, medical care, and more.

Because it lays out how much you see them and how present you are in your children’s lives, parenting plans are hugely important. It’s vital to protect your rights as a father and ensure you continue to have a major role in your child’s upbringing.

In Washington, the parenting plan usually lays out one parent as the “primary residential parent,” while the other gets “residential time.” When creating the parenting plan, many factors come into play.

This includes the child’s relationship with each parent, parenting ability, the child’s connection to siblings, location, physical environment, and more. In the end, the child’s ultimate well-being takes precedence over most other concerns.

Types of Child Custody

Physical Custody


Physical custody grants a parent the right to have a child live in his or her home.

Sole Custody


Sole custody is when the court gives one parent physical and legal custody of a child. The child lives with one parent who maintains authority to make all the decisions about upbringing and welfare.

Joint Custody


Joint custody can refer to either physical or legal custody. It’s when both parents participate in raising a child while living separately.

Legal Custody


Legal custody gives a parent the right to make decisions about a child’s life.
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Choosing an Attorney

Some things you don’t want to leave to chance. It’s important to find the best child custody lawyer for your case.

“Best” is a relative term, and it varies from one case to the next. No two situations are identical, so the key is to find the best fit for your particular needs. There are many excellent family law practitioners in Seattle, but finding the right match provides a huge benefit to your case.

choosing an attorney

Hiring the best child custody attorney for your needs is an important decision. There’s no single method to find the perfect fit, and you have many factors to consider.

Finding an attorney to represent your rights and interests as a father is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. It can have a major impact on your life. Our managing attorney helps pair you with the best child custody attorney for your case.

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