Practical Planning To Safeguard Your Child's Best Interests

At the Law Office of Cynthia P. Smith, we know how important it is to put the needs of your child first. Whether you are going through a divorce or a paternity action, we will help you protect your relationship with your child. When you choose our law firm, you will get the personal attention of a lawyer with more than 25 years of experience.

Child Custody And Visitation Is Important To Your Child's Well-Being

There are many myths about how child custody and visitation are handled in Indiana. One of the most common myths is that mothers get priority in these cases. While it is true that there used to be a tender years doctrine that gave mothers preference, that doctrine is not followed anymore. Mothers and fathers are now on equal footing at the beginning of a child custody case, and it is factors like the parents' relationship with the child that truly impact the outcome.

Parenting time is the focus in these cases. The goal is to ensure that each parent continues to play a role in the child's upbringing. We will work closely with you to help you reach an outcome that makes sense for you and your child.

Parents Must Factor Child Support Into Their Budget

Child support guidelines are in place that dictates how payments will be calculated. Payments will be based largely upon the incomes of each parent and the child custody arrangements. It is important to choose a skilled attorney in these cases because there are times when it is appropriate to deviate from the guidelines. We strive to ensure that payments are fair.

We Can Help You Put Your Child's Needs First

Contact the Law Office of Cynthia P. Smith in Lafayette today to discuss your case with attorney Smith. She understands you may have many questions about putting your child's best interest first. She has the seasoned experience to ensure your child custody concerns are clearly addressed. Call 765-588-3952 or email our firm for straightforward advocacy.