Child Custody
Fuerst, Carrier & Ogden

Over 50 Years of Dedicated Family Law Experience

Working to Resolve Child Custody Matters

Issues concerning child custody are often the most emotional part of any divorce proceeding. At Fuerst, Carrier & Ogden, in Lake Charles, our attorneys understand that custody battles can be emotionally exhausting. We will work closely with you to help you set your expectations, understand your goals and work toward an agreement that always has the best interests of your child in mind. To schedule an initial consultation with our lawyers, call 337-436-3332.

Legal Custody And Physical Custody

There are two types of custody that must be determined. Physical custody refers to where the child’s primary place of residence will be. Legal custody refers to the right of a parent to make important decisions, such as those concerning health care, education and religious upbringing, on a child’s behalf. Legal custody may be granted to either one or both parents.

The Best Interests Of The Child

Every custody determination is made with the best interests of the child in mind. The court uses a variety of different factors to determine what should be in the child’s best interests, including the length of time the child has lived with the parent, the ability of the parent to provide for the child and, if the child is of a certain age, his or her preference.

Contrary to popular belief, the law no longer assumes that a child will be better off with the mother. The law has evolved to the point where it recognizes that a relationship with both parents is beneficial and the court will try to ensure that the noncustodial parent has at least some rights to visitation, and an equal relationship with both parents is now the preferred outcome, certain factors notwithstanding. Our attorneys can help explore your options and we will always work toward the option that is best for your child.

Children’s psychological well being is something we prioritize highly at Fuerst, Carrier & Ogden. We often utilize child psychologists, psychological custody evaluators, parent facilitators and other professionals to work with children and, when necessary, to act as a voice for children who need to be heard by the court.

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“Mr. Ogden was so kind and understanding! He spent three hours helping me figure out what to do during our consultation in order to get custody of our niece and nephew, and when our hearing date came and the hearing officer wanted to reschedule us (which would have caused us to pay more), he went in and argued for us, and we were seen that day! I knew exactly what to do and what was going to happen in the hearing too, so there were no surprises. Everything went great and now we have custody of our niece and nephew! We hope to have Mr. Ogden help us with adoption next!!”


“I believe Scott is one of the best lawyers in the country. When you have only one chance to make something right, you better go with a lawyer who is at the top of the field. That lawyer is Mr. Scott Ogden, no question about it.”


I just want to say that Scott Ogden is truly an awesome attorney. He is honest, hardworking, understanding and has a way to make what you feel to be the worse situation in your life not so bad. He assures you of every scenario that can occur so the shock factor will never happen. It was truly my best decision when going to Mr. Ogden to represent me. I am well pleased with my outcome. So I say to anyone looking for an upfront, puts you first and willing to go the extra mile for you type of attorney, Scott Ogden is your guy.”


Our Attorneys

Randy Fuerst

Randy J. Fuerst

Jeffrey Carrier

Jeffrey A. Carrier

Scott Ogden Jr

M. Scott Ogden Jr.

Patricia Beasley

Patricia M. Beasley

Sydney Stuart

Sydney Stuart

Austin Pottorff

Austin Pottorff

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