Hipskind & McAninch child custody attorneys: Fighting for the best interests of you and your children
During a divorce, you are separating from your partner, not your children. Still, child custody battles can feel like your loved ones are being taken away from you.
And once a child custody plan is made—either through an agreement between you and your ex, or a plan handed down from the court—it is difficult to modify. It is best to fight for a plan that fits yours—and your children’s—best interests from the start.
The stakes are too high not to have an experienced child custody lawyer from the beginning.
Even if you and your ex want to come to an agreement outside the courtroom, it’s good to have representation if discussions turn south. And you definitely need a trained attorney to litigate on your behalf if your child custody battle reaches the courtroom.
At Hipskind & McAninch, we know how to get the best outcome in your child custody case. We are trained litigators and know how to frame our argument to the judge to obtain the best possible outcome in your case.
More than that, though, we actually care about our clients. As our client, we’ll give you anytime access to partners John Hipskind and Brady McAninch. Call their cell phone whenever there’s an emergency—or even if you just have a question—and they’ll answer quickly.
We are on your side and want to do all we can to fight on behalf of you and your children. Schedule a free consultation to get started on your case today!
”Worked with Brady McAninch concerning a court issue with my child. Brady was very responsive and was able to resolve our Court issue in a way that was most favorable. Brady contacted me whenever there was any change concerning our case and was with us every step of the way. Any calls to Brady were returned very quickly.”
– Ken Denson
What to know about child custody cases
- Filing your parenting plans jointly or separately: Avoiding the cost of a courtroom trial
After you file for divorce, you and your ex will have file a child custody agreement, also referred to as a parenting planThis parenting plan will cover who gets your children when, as well as who will have the legal right to make important decisions about schooling and medical care. These are not short or simple agreements—here is an example of a parenting plan form—it’s 22 pages rife with points to disagree on.
With mediation and advice from impartial legal counsel, many couples are able to come to some sort of agreement and will file a joint parenting plan with the court. A joint plan will likely be accepted unless the judge thinks it goes against the child’s best interest.
The courtroom should be your last resort when it comes to child custody cases due to the high cost, both financially and emotionally.
While many are motivated to escalate child custody issues to a courtroom trial to obtain sole custody for themselves, those decisions are rare. Unless your ex has a history of violence, crime or substance abuse, it is likely a judge will decide on some sort of joint custody agreement.Trying to come to an agreement outside the courtroom can save money, time and hassle.
Hipskind & McAninch’s team of child custody attorneys we know that child custody battles are heated. We can help by being an informed, unbiased party at the table. Once the court accepts your agreement, it is difficult to modify it.
We’ll make sure your agreement has your—and your children’s—best interests in mind from the start.
- How a judge will decide a child custody case: The ‘best interests’ standard
Sometimes, parents cannot agree on what is best for their children. In these cases, a parenting plan will be decided upon by a judge in a courtroom.
In Missouri and Illinois, the judge will use “the best interests” standard. They will create a child custody agreement that is in the best interests of the child, taking into account factors like the income level of the parents, location of residence, quality of school districts, wishes of the children and the parenting abilities of you and your ex.
The judge cannot legally make a child custody decision solely based on any one of these factors, forcing them to take a holistic look at the situation.
They are unlikely to give sole custody to either you or your ex unless someone has a history of violence or substance abuse. Still, their custody agreement can give more time or legal power to one parent if they think one parent might provide a more stable or loving environment.
Our team will build a case proving that it is in the best interest of your children to live with you. We know how a judge will look at your case, and can impartially develop a strong argument for your side.
When your relationship with your children is on the line, the stakes are high. We know that, and will give you anytime access to both John Hipskind’s and Brady McAninch’s cell phones for any and all questions. We’ll work tirelessly to ensure your kids remain under your care.