Child Custody & Support
Central Iowa Child Custody and Support Lawyer
Child custody and support are frequently two of the more strongly contested areas in a divorce proceeding. Both parents clearly want what is best for the children but they often have drastically differing views on what that means. Have an experienced attorney on your side who can help to make the most powerful argument possible to support your position.
For over 25 years, the Des Moines, Iowa, law office of Timothy M. Duffy, P.C., has been helping clients to resolve complicated child custody and support matters. Our founding attorney, Timothy M. Duffy, has spent his entire career practicing law in central Iowa. He has a complete understanding of the law and he is committed to helping you reach a settlement that serves the best interests of your children.
In most cases, the court will consider joint legal custody unless there is a compelling reason not to consider it. Joint legal custody gives each parent an equal say in decisions about the child’s upbringing and care. In determining physical custody, the court will look at a number of factors, including which parent might make a better custodian, each parent’s relationship with the child, the safety of the child and the child’s wishes.
Child support is awarded based on specific guidelines that take into consideration the income levels of both parents. The number of overnights the child spends with each parent is also taken into consideration. If the child spends enough nights with the parent paying support, a reduction in the amount paid may be allowed.
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Contact our office today to discuss your child custody and support questions. You can reach us at 515-246-8726 during regular business hours or via e-mail at any time. We take most major credit cards and offer payment plans for your convenience.