Custody and Access Rights

Blank Rome’s matrimonial and family law attorneys advise and represent clients in negotiating, mediating, and litigating child custody issues, including visitation and parental decision-making on education, religion, medical care, and other issues.

Child Custody and Visitation

We believe negotiated or mediated custody arrangements serve the best interests of the children as well as the parents. Not only do these types of agreements keep disputes private and out of court, but they also often lead to mutually agreeable parenting approaches that preserve balance and harmony for any children involved.

We work with our clients to focus on their child-related goals and concerns and develop ‘win-win’ situations for their families. When agreements cannot be reached, we will explore court-mandated actions, pursuing an individual’s rights and remedies to the fullest extent of the law.

Interstate Custody

At Blank Rome, we preserve parents’ rights while seeking timely and safe resolutions to often highly volatile and specialized interstate custody disputes.

Although laws affecting custody vary from state to state, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act determines which state governs a child’s custody when residents of different states are involved. We are experienced in the proper interpretation and application of interstate custody laws, with extensive knowledge of remedies available under the federal Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act.

We also work with clients on “move-away” situations, where one parent seeks to relocate a significant distance with a child or children. Without careful intervention, these scenarios can often develop into contentious disputes. With a careful understanding of our client’s wishes and goals, we negotiate and advocate for custody, support, and visitation agreements in this area, whether between the parties or in court.