Custody hearings

Both courts presume shared parenting is in the best interest of the child and that an equal division of available parenting time is also in the best interest of the child. The courts prefer whenever possible, that it is in the best interest of the child if the children are in the care and supervision of the parent rather than third persons. This evidence is rebuttable and may be challenged by credible evidence such as evidence of domestic violence, abuse, neglect or history of criminal convictions.

When parties cannot agree on child care they may ask the court for an in camera discussion with the child to interview the child privately in the court’s chambers. The court in its discretion or upon the motion of either parent may appoint a Guardian ad litem for the child.