Child Custody lawyers specialise in complex and emotional cases involving child custody. Deciding who should have custody of a child is not a simple matter: While it may seem that the mother should have custody of the children if the parents separate, this is not always the case - increasingly, fathers are hiring Child Custody lawyers to help defend their parental rights.
Ideally, a child custody dispute will be resolved with the best interests of the child in mind. This may mean that an arrangement for joint custody is reached, or one parent may have sole custody with visitation rights for the other.
Child custody cases aren't limited strictly to parents. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, extended family and even close family friends may be eligible to have custody of a child in some cases. Child custody cases are part of Family Law.
If you need a family lawyer in New Zealand, it may be a good idea to meet with a few different Child Custody Law specialists to ensure you find a lawyer who is right for you.