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Louisiana Child Custody Law

Determining a child custody agreement is often one of the most contentious steps in the divorce process. At the law office of Betsy A. Fischer, LLC,we understand how important it is for you to maintain that special relationship you have with your child. We are determined to help you do so by assertively protecting your parental rights and obtaining a fair and fulfilling agreement.

We assist clients with child custody throughout Louisiana including Metairie, New Orleans, Kenner, Gretna, Mandeville, Covington, Abita Springs, Slidell, Chalmette, Harvey, Belle Chasse, Destrehan, Luling, St. Rose, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Jefferson Parish, Orleans Parish, St. Tammany Parish, St. Charles Parish, St. Bernard Parish, Plaquemines Parish & St. John the Baptist Parish.

Helping You Maintain A Relationship With Your Child

Established in Metairie more than a decade ago, our southeast Louisiana family law firm has helped thousands of individuals find innovative and effective solutions for their legal matters, often involving child custody and other divorce agreements.

Led by Betsy A. Fischer, our Metairie child custody attorney will help you understand your rights as a parent or grandparent when it comes to Louisiana custody agreements, including the different types of custody you may be awarded such as:

  • Domiciliary custody: A child lives with the domiciliary parent. This type of custody gives you the responsibility for making day-to-day decisions about your child. Day-to-day decisions include what the children eat and wear, who they play with and when they go to bed.
  • Joint custody: Joint custody is given to both parents. This type of custody gives both parents the right to make important decisions affecting their child’s welfare. Decisions may include the children’s education, religion and nonemergency medical care.
  • Sole custody: This type of custody is only given to one parent. Instead of both parents making important decisions, one parent is designated as the decision maker for important life factors such as education, religion and medical care.
  • Shared custody: In a shared custody agreement, both parents share responsibilities typically in a 50/50 split. Those responsibilities include living arrangements (domiciliary custody), as well as day-to-day and important decisions.

Recognized author on the subject of child custody in Louisiana
Attorney Betsy A. Fischer is the author of one of the leading books on the subject of Louisiana divorce and custody laws. Her book Divorce in Louisiana, The Legal Process, Your Rights and What to Expect, (Addicus Books, Omaha) takes readers through a series of questions and answers that explain the process for determining custody and parenting rights for mothers and fathers.

When making the decision as to whom to award what type of custody in a child custody case, the Louisiana family court takes several factors into consideration. They include the relationship between the child and the parent, which parent has historically taken care of the child, the parents’ physical and mental health and a parent’s ability to provide for and guide the child.

Our experienced custody rights lawyer will work with you to learn about your circumstances and help you build a compelling case supported by facts about your relationship with your child. This may include building a journal of your everyday life through photos, videos, witness testimony, etc.

Helping You With Your Child Custody Modification

In addition to providing competent representation in your child custody case, Betsy A. Fischer, LLC, can also help you with your custody modifications, as well as holding delinquent parties in contempt. Contact us today for more information.


Contact Us In Metairie Today

We invite you to contact the law office of Betsy A. Fischer, LLC, for reliable legal assistance regarding your Louisiana child support agreement or modification. We represent clients in Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish and throughout southeast Louisiana. Our law office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We offer initial consultations at a reduced rate.