Custody Attorney in Abbeville and Vermilion Parish

Custody agreements are in place to ensure very clear communication of who gets what time with a minor dependent, and when that time is to be spent. These proceedings are put in place to give a child a reasonably structured environment with visitation of both parents in the event that both parents cooperate with the law and the court orders when parents cannot come to these agreements on their own outside of the courts. 

The court unanimously sides with the best interests of the child over the interests of either parent. Family court judges will examine several factors to determine custody, including the bond between the child and each parent, the health (mental and physical) of each parent, the ability for each parent to provide for the child, the behavior and character of each parent historically (and how that affects the child), the employment history of each parent, the distance between the residences of both houses, and more. Essentially, the courts aim to determine all of the various needs of the individual child and place them primarily in the custody of the parent who can best address the needs of the child.

In the absence of any concerns about the child’s well being, parents who are not awarded with primary custody will be granted visitation rights that are protected by the law. These visitation rights will outline how much time the non-primary parent is allowed to spend with the child, and when that time is to be granted. In cases where the child’s well being is called into questions, visitation rights may be denied, or may come with stipulations of supervision by a court appointee.

Anthony J. Fontana Jr. has over four decades of experience fighting for his clients’ and for the well being of innocent children.His legal philosophy in handling custody cases is that his job is try to solve a problem. Winning a case after a brutal custody trial does not always achieve that result. He believes that the mistakes made in child custody cases are paid for by future generations.