Divorce can bring relief or heartache and much depends upon the legal counsel you choose to represent you during this difficult time. Divorce can particularly affect your children’s well-being, especially when it comes to child custody orders.
Decisions about the custody of children can turn into bitter arguments and ongoing disputes. If you are preparing for child custody negotiations, you will want a skilled and experienced child custody attorney in Leesburg, FL, by your side. At the Law Office of Jody L. Fisher, we offer comprehensive representation from a Leesburg divorce attorney who is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. Everything we do is meant to protect you and your children’s well-being.
Understanding Custody Options
The state of Florida enforces laws that reflect the belief that it is in a child’s best interest to have a relationship with both parents. Florida courts recognize both legal custody and physical custody. A parent with legal custody is able to make decisions about the child’s health care, education, and religion. Physical custody determines where the child will live.
It is possible for one parent to have sole custody or for both parents to share joint custody. In Florida, joint custody is referred to as “shared parental responsibility,” wherein both parents must work together to make decisions about the child’s upbringing. Even in this situation, however, the child will live primarily with one parent who serves as the primary joint custodian. The other parent will have visitation rights.