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August 24, 2018.
posted in Child Custody

On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.

At one point, you and your former spouse were happy. You got to the point where you decided to build a family together. Unfortunately, it ultimately had to end in divorce. It can be a very emotional time, especially with your kids involved. It’s essential to know how child custody works. It’s not something you may be familiar with if you haven’t been introduced to it before and from other people. It’s essential to know what factors are used when determining child custody. It’s also essential to know the types of child custody and why they tend to use one form over another.

Factors Used in Child Custody

Coming to an agreement about your children after the divorce can be tough. You both are very emotional right now. The court tries to act in the best interest of the children and takes into account several factors when determining child custody. The court will take into consideration who takes the child(ren) to school and appointments, as well as who’s the parent responsible for disciplining. Geography is also a big factor in determining child custody. Something you may have overlooked that the courts haven’t is your maturity. This is important because the court wants to know how you’ll react to certain situations with your child(ren).

What Types of Custody Are There?

Custody is split into physical and legal custody. The physical is where the child(ren) will live while legal is who makes important decisions regarding the child(ren). An example of this would be education. Sole custody is where one parent is awarded both physical and legal custody over the child(ren). The child lives with this parent and they make important decisions for the child(ren). They are welcome to console the non-custodial parent when making decisions even though the court made it their sole responsibility.

Split custody happens when there are multiple children involved. It doesn’t happen often except in individual cases such as the child having resentment towards one parent or the siblings not getting along. Sole custody is awarded to each parent. One parent may have legal custody or it can be shared amongst the parents.

Joint legal and joint physical custody is a more common form of custody. It’s typically given when the parents live in the same general area. It requires parents to work together and have open communication. Children live with both parents and both parents make important decisions for the children.

Joint legal sole physical custody is when a child(ren) will have a primary parent that they live with full time. In this case, the other parent gets visitation. Both parents are involved in making the important decisions for the child(ren). This is more common when parents live farther apart or both parents work.

Going through a divorce is tough. Everything is different now. With your kids involved, it can be even more stressful. You need support. You need someone who has the knowledge you need. You should consider The Law Office Of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale when dealing with this subject matter. He is accessible, knowledgeable, and affordable. He’s ready to fight for you and get you what you deserve. Simply fill out this contact form for a free initial consultation or call toll-free at 954-533-2756. For evening, holiday, and weekend calls, use 954-297-6546.

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