Child Custody And Visitation

Many fathers assume that the court will automatically grant all custody rights to the mother, but this is not true. Iowa family courts recognize the importance of both parents' involvement, and they strive to be as equal as possible while still upholding the best interests of the child.

Although we encourage amicable resolutions for matters involving children, some child custody disputes simply cannot be resolved outside of court. In such cases, family law attorney Victoria Cole has the extensive trial experience necessary to litigate forcefully on your behalf.

The M. Victoria Cole Law Firm P.C. handles child custody disputes and parenting arrangements in Linn County, Johnson County and surrounding counties of Eastern Iowa.

Custody Disputes And Parenting Agreements

Nothing is more important than your children, and you want what's best for them. But parents often have separate goals for the child, different parenting styles and disagreements about custody arrangements. This adds to animosities and tensions at a time when parents need to figure out how to be co-parents in the context of divorce or custody proceedings.

We provide advice for out-of-court solutions while also positioning our clients for advantage in the event of custody litigation. Who has been the primary caregiver? Has there been domestic assault or threats? Is the other parent cooperative and considerate or controlling and spiteful?

Based on your goals and the best interests of your child, we offer counsel and representation for:

  • Initial determination of physical and legal custody
  • Amount of parenting time (visitation)
  • Parenting agreements (daily schedules, overnights, vacations, activities)
  • Temporary orders for custody and child support
  • No-contact orders in domestic violence situations
  • Post-decree modifications of custody
  • Parent relocation

Contact An Experienced Cedar Rapids Child Custody Lawyer

The best parenting agreements are specific enough to be enforced but vague enough to allow flexibility for the day-to-day realities of co-parenting. Victoria Cole draws on more than a decade of experience to help parents reach workable custody terms, but she also draws on extensive courtroom experience as a litigator when the bottom line is your parental rights and the best interests of your child.

Contact us by email or call our Cedar Rapids office at 319-313-2034, including evenings and weekends by appointment, to schedule a confidential divorce consultation.