Boise Attorneys Guide Parents Through Custody and Visitation Matters
Advocating for the best interests of your family
One of the most difficult aspects of divorce is the separation from your children. Founded in 2001, Gulstrom & Govia considers your relationship with your children to be of primary importance as we assist you with your divorce in the Boise and Nampa family law courts. We help you obtain the best custody and visitation arrangements possible in your case so you can continue to give your children the level of care, love and guidance needed to promote their successful upbringing.
Child custody arrangements in Idaho
The courts’ main focus when making custody decisions is what is in the children’s best interests. Each family is different and requires independent assessment to determine a custody arrangement right for the children and parents. The court may consider the following factors when deciding whether to grant sole or joint custody and how to split the time and responsibilities:
- Which parent primarily has cared for the children
- Each parent’s involvement in the children’s education, extracurricular activities and developmental needs
- Whether one or both parents developed a close relationship with the children
- Which home provides more stability and consistency for the children
- The children’s ability to cope with splitting time between households
- The parents’ ability to cooperate and communicate effectively
Because the parent who has primary custody typically acquires the daily expenses of raising the children, the noncustodial parent generally pays child support. Our child support attorneys assist you in establishing equitable financial arrangements in addition to custody and visitation rights.
Negotiating a child visitation agreement right for you
Unless a parent presents a danger to the children, Idaho courts generally believe that maintaining a strong bond with both parents is in the children’s best interests. In furtherance of this goal, the court is likely to rule that the noncustodial parent is entitled to extensive visitation. Our law firm negotiates a visitation schedule right for your family and that conforms to the Idaho court’s requirements. Terms we negotiate in your visitation agreement may include the following:
- Weekly and weekend schedules during the school year
- Summer holidays and winter breaks
- Religious and national holidays
- Special holidays, such as birthdays, Mother
- s Day and Father’s Day
- Flexibility for special events, such as weddings and graduations of extended family members
- Pick-up and drop-off times, places and waiting periods
- Accommodation of unusual work schedules, such as flexible shifts, night shifts or regular job travel
Protect your parental rights with the help of our Boise family law attorneys
For guidance on child visitation and custody matters, consult with Gulstrom & Govia Contact us online or call 208-546-9933 for your free consultation.