Child Custody

Child Custody

We focus on the Child in each Child Custody Case

Nothing is more heartbreaking than a child caught in the middle of a custody battle. Steven Juskewitch is an attorneys and a parent as well, so he understands and the love and heartaches, pride and pitfalls of parenthood. The Juskewitch Law Firm works hard to ensure that all parties remember that the real focus in any custody dispute is the child. We work with parents in Ellsworth and across Maine to reach a result that is in the best interest of the child and works for all parties involved.

Which Parent?

Who will get custody of your child is not a foregone conclusion. Simply because you're a father doesn't mean you can't get custody of your child and just because you're a mother does not mean you will automatically get custody of your child. You need an experienced, knowledgeable attorney to help you achieve your goals.

If you are seeking custody of your children or the other parent is attempting to take custody away from you, Steven Juskewitch has the experience and resources needed to help you. Contact our offices in Ellsworth, Maine today at 207-667-0483 for a consultation with an experienced child custody lawyer.

Joint Custody / Sole Custody

It is a common misconception that courts in Maine will impose joint custody on parents. They will not. Joint custody is an arrangement made between the parents to jointly agree on all issues concerning the health, education and general welfare of the child. In Maine, it is not something that will be imposed by the courts if both parties are hostile.

Joint custody is an available option only if the parents have an amicable relationship and can communicate well in matters that affect the child. If the parents are not on friendly enough terms, the joint decision-making required in "joint custody" may well result in more disagreements and conflict. If that is the case, then the court will select one parent to be the sole decision maker, they would then have what is referred to as "legal custody" of the child.

If you have questions regarding child custody and the legal options available to you for protecting your children, contact The Juskewitch Law Firm today to learn how we can help you.

We work with you to set reasonable, realistic expectations about the outcome of your case. If an investigation is required, we consult private investigators that can uncover important information relevant to the habits and lifestyle of your spouse or the other parent. If necessary, we will ask a psychologist or social worker to evaluate the mental health of a parent or child and provide a home evaluation.

Child Custody and Visitation - All Major Custody Issues

Here are just a few areas in which we can help you:

  • Enforcement by a non-custodial parent of a visitation agreement
  • Modification of the parenting plan by a non-custodial parent
  • Modification of a visitation schedule by a parent with full or primary custody
  • Grandparents seeking visitation rights with their grandchildren

It is always a good idea to seek counsel as early in the process as possible, before relations deteriorate completely. Contact us today - we will be there for you. You can reach us online, or by telephone at 207- 667-0483.