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Bartow Child Custody Lawyer

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Parent with custody of childChild custody is often one of the most contentious parts of a divorce settlement. There are two aspects of child custody: legal and physical. Legal custody dictates who will is responsible for making decisions about the children's education, medical issues and discipline. Physical custody means that the parent is granted the rights to have the child reside with him or her. In some circumstances, joint physical/legal custody can also be granted, meaning both parents take part in physical custody and/or decision-making.

Because I know how important your children are to you, deciding on child custody usually gets very heated for both parties. At Advocate Law Firm, P.A., my team and I will make sure we listen to your situation and understand your unique needs and desires. I know how much your family's future means to you, and I will do everything I can to uphold your rights. No matter what, my Polk County divorce firm is committed to your best interests!

How Do I Create a Parenting Plan?

During the divorce, you will have to create a parenting plan with your spouse for your minor children. A parenting plan will cover duties and functions, such as:

  • Where will your kids live and when?
  • What will the visitation schedule be?
  • How will you and your spouse make decisions about your children?

How Is Custody Determined in Polk County?

Factors that the court will consider before awarding custody include the economic situation and stability of both parents, as well as each parent's caretaking abilities, availability, and place of residence. The court will also take into consideration whether one parent will be more effective at sharing parenting time.

The court also decides child custody arrangements by looking at:

  • Each parent's ability to place the children's needs before their own.
  • Each parent's moral fitness.
  • Each parent's mental and physical health.
  • The ability of each parent to provide a good routine for the child.
  • The child's preference (depending on his/her maturity).
  • Whether there is any history of domestic violence, sexual violence or child abuse by either party.

I Represent Couples of All Orientations. Call (863) 644-5566 Today!

My team and I are proud to represent both heterosexual and same-sex couples across Florida. If you would like to receive seasoned legal counsel regarding your unique custody issues, I encourage you to contact Advocate Law Firm, P.A. and schedule a free consultation directly with me today. We offer services in English and Spanish.

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