Child Custody

Child Custody Attorneys in Shreveport, LA 

When parents divorce or separate, child custody is one of the most important issues they must resolve. If you are facing a custody dispute of any kind, you want a trustworthy lawyer to fight for what is right for you and your family. At Ryan E. Gatti, Attorney at Law, our Shreveport child custody attorneys have defended the best interests of Louisiana children for decades. To discuss your case with a member of our team, reach out to schedule a free consultation. As a community-oriented firm, we are always eager to help families in Shreveport, Bossier City, and other areas across Bossier Parish and Northwest Louisiana. 

Get in touch via our online contact form or call (318) 633-0186

How Louisiana Determines Child Custody 

Louisiana law encourages parents to collaborate to create child custody arrangements. The state assumes parents know what is best for their children and themselves. Should co-parents be unable to agree on an arrangement, the state’s courts will likely require mediation. This process features a neutral third party who facilitates conversation and helps parents develop suitable arrangements together. 

If mediation is unsuccessful, courts will determine custody based on the child’s best interests. 

To assess these interests, they consider various factors, such as

  • The existing parent-child relationships 
  • The capacity of parents to love, care for, and guide their child
  • The capacity of parents to financially provide for their child
  • Whether the child has lived with one parent for an extended period 
  • The stability of either parent’s household and living situations
  • The physical health and moral fitness of parents
  • The communities in which the child would live and what schools they might attend
  • Any history of domestic abuse 
  • The child’s preferences, assuming they are mature enough to make a fair judgment

Types of Child Custody in Louisiana

There are two general types of child custody in Louisiana:

  • Legal custody grants parents the right to make important decisions on behalf of their child. These decisions might involve the child’s education, medical care, and religious upbringing. 
  • Physical custody refers to where the child will live. 

Parents frequently share legal and physical custody, dividing decision-making responsibilities and splitting time with their children. On certain occasions, parents can secure sole legal or physical custody. Courts must determine that one parent is unfit to make decisions for their child or spend time with them to award sole custody. 

Why Hire a Child Custody Lawyer?

It is likely no surprise that child custody matters are highly contentious and emotional. If you are involved in a dispute, you must participate in negotiations and make decisions that have serious implications for your family’s future. This is why you want an experienced legal professional at your side. 

Our Shreveport child custody attorneys have counseled and advocated for numerous parents and children in custody battles. They recognize the gravity of these matters and understand what you are going through. You can trust our team to look out for you and work tirelessly to see you get the time you deserve with your family. 

Do not hesitate to contact us if you need the help of a family lawyer. Call (318) 633-0186 or send a message online to set up a free consultation. 

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