How does Joint Custody Work?
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In the aftermath of a divorce or custody suit, if both parents are able
to have equal say in making major decisions for their child or spend equal
time with their child, this can be called joint custody. How exactly this
is determined is left up to the courts if you and your spouse are unable
to come to an agreeable solution on your own beforehand. When you need
legal counsel during custody proceedings, turn to a dedicated Bartow divorce
attorney for help.
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How is custody determined?
Whether a court awards joint or sole custody comes down to what is in the
child’s best interests. This vague notion comes down to several
variables to determine which parent the child would be better served to
spend the majority of their time with and have to make critical decisions for them.
The child’s best interests can depend on:
- Financial status of the parties
- Which parent will provide the best home environment
- Does each parent possess the child-rearing skills necessary
- Which parent the child chooses to live with, if old enough
- The ability of either parent to provide for the emotional, material, and
needs of the child
- The moral fitness of the parents
- Any evidence of domestic violence or abuse by a parent
If the judge feels both parents can make decisions together amicably enough
and will encourage a relationship between the child and the other parent,
they may be inclined to award joint custody.
Joint Legal & Physical Custody
While Florida no longer uses terms such as custody or primary residence
when dealing with children and divorce or paternity cases, courts can
award parents shared parental responsibility or sole parental responsibility
to one of the parents.
Shared parental responsibility is a situation in which both parents keep
full parental rights and responsibilities regarding their child and the
parents confer with one another when it comes to making major decisions
about the child’s welfare.
Speak with a Bartow divorce lawyer to learn how my firm can advise you
during this difficult time. I bring a wealth of experience and compassionate
counsel to every case and can help you determine how best to achieve your goals.
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