Child Custody Attorney | Guam

I recognize that divorce or a separation can be a difficult process.  If you decide to separate or divorce, many decisions must be made that will affect you and your children.  Sometimes, parents are able to work out a custody arrangement that meets both of their needs and the needs of their children.  Other times, parents are unable to agree on a custody arrangement that they both feel is fair to them or their children.

There are two types of custody, legal custody and physical custody.

“Legal custody” means the right to make major decisions in your child’s life, such as education, religion and medical care.   “Physical custody” means the right to provide your child a home and to make day-to-day decisions when the child is actually with you.

Under Guam law, there is a preference for joint legal and physical custody. Courts, however, will award custody based on the best interests of the child.  This means that a court will award primary physical or legal custody if it believes it would be in the child’s best interests.

Child custody issues are often very emotional, so it is important to have an attorney who will fight hard for your rights but who will also be honest about all possible outcomes of your case.  If you are going through a divorce or other custody dispute, I will review your case and talk to you about what a court may do based on your specific facts and circumstances.  I will make sure you understand all steps of the process, including the filing of a complaint for custody and coming up with a child support amount.  I will be tough and respectful in my representation to make sure that you get a result that is in your best interest, as well as your child’s.

If you are considering getting a divorce, or have gone through a separation and are having child custody issues and would like to set up a courtesy consultation, contact me at 777-3675 or via e-mail at leevin@guahanlaw.com.

Resources

Guam law about divorce and custody (Guam Compiler of Laws)

Guam Uniform Child Custody Act (Guam Compiler of Laws)