I am a problem solver looking out for my clients and their children. These are not easy times for families facing divorce and child custody litigation. I will provide sound legal advice to help the parties come to a reasonable settlement. If, how...
Practice areas & skills: Child Custody, Family, Divorce & Separation, Child Support
Janet E. Dockstader is a partner with Brandmeyer Gilligan & Dockstader, LLP. She has more than a decade of experience litigating marital and domestic partnership dissolutions that include property issues, spousal support, child support, child cust...
Practice areas & skills: Child Custody, Alimony, Child Support, Mediation, Domestic Violence
John J. Gilligan, founding partner of Brandmeyer Gilligan & Dockstader, LLP, has extensive experience specializing in family law, probate litigation, and estate planning since 1981. Mr. Gilligan graduated cum laude and received his Bachelor of Sc...
Practice areas & skills: Child Custody, Divorce & Separation, Child Support, Domestic Violence
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Practice areas & skills: Child Custody, Divorce & Separation, Family, Estate Planning
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If you are getting divorced and have children, part of the divorce agreement will involve determining where and with whom the children will live. A child custody lawyer can help you negotiate custody, either by agreement or in court. The custodial parent (the one the child lives with) earns the legal right to make decisions regarding the child's lifestyle, welfare, and education. Some parents opt for joint custody, which means children divide their time between both parents' homes, and parents share the right to make decisions on behalf of the children. If you as parents are unable to agree on child custody, a judge will decide for you.