When parents who have one or more children together separate, custody issues are usually decided at the time of separation or divorce. Deciding the child custody arrangements are among the most contentious and emotionally charged negotiations in which people can be involved. Even in cases where divorcing couples can resolve their other issues, like finances, amicably, the discussion about child custody and visitation can become a complicated point of contention.
Most custody arrangements include a custody and parenting time/timesharing schedule that will designate the exact time, place, and manner for child exchanges. Ideally, both parents adhere to the terms established either by the courts or informally between the parents.
As we all know, things don't always happen as they ideally should. Disputes about the time, place, or manner of an exchange of a child or children between one parent and the other are, unfortunately, a pretty common thing. Oftentimes those disputes can be resolved without getting the courts involved, but sometimes one, or both of the parties will face legal action because of what happened.
What Are Your Next Steps?
If you find yourself in this situation, you should immediately find representation who will passionately fight for you and your rights. Joseph D. Lento has unparalleled experience with protecting the rights of parents in the criminal justice system. He has a genuine concern for his clients, their well-being, and their future. Call (888) 535-3686 or visit Joseph Lento online to get help now.
It is also important that you do not make any other statements regarding the events to authorities, the other parent, the child or children, and definitely don't share any information on social media. Your attorney will be able to advise you on what to say and to whom.
What Kind of Legal Trouble is Possible?
Disagreements can arise when exchanging a child from one parent to another, and emotions can run high - especially if the parents have trouble getting along or one or both of them harbor grudges against the other. Topics like child support, parenting styles, and school can trigger powerful emotional reactions and cause significant issues.
Unfortunately, this can put the child or children in a hostile environment that can be unpleasant, or even emotionally or physically damaging. It could also create an environment where one, or both, parents can make some bad choices or take some actions that get them in potentially serious legal trouble. One or both parents can end up being charged with making threats, physical or verbal assault, or worse.
Your Right to Defend Yourself
Whatever situation, events, or actions brought you to the point of legal action, it is your right as an American to defend yourself in a court of law.
When you need the help of someone with decades of expertise on your side, contact the Lento Law Firm Team—we know your rights as a parent. Situations in mixed families can get heated, but New Jersey criminal defense attorney, Joseph Lento, can help build the best possible defense to clear your name and protect your future, and the future of your family. Call the Lento Law Firm today at 888-535-3686.