On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.
According to CNN, mothers end up as the custodial parents in more than 80 percent of separation cases. Does this mean that it is harder for men to get custody than women?
If so, why is that the case? Is that fair?
When you dig into most state laws, including the law here in Florida, the courts want both parents to share an equal burden, with respect to both time and financial resources, when it comes to raising their children.
Randall Kessler, the author of ‘Divorce: Protect Yourself, Your Kids and Your Future’ says that “…some judged may be old-fashioned and they might think the mom should have custody.”
At The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, they know that divorce cases can be incredibly difficult and that no two cases are the same. Do you know how to handle child custody issues?
When you need a Fort Lauderdale child custody attorney, you can count on their team to be by your side, working for the best possible resolution.
What Is Child Custody?
Child custody is one of the many things that need to be settled during a divorce, but it is arguably one of the most important issues. When it comes to child custody, they need to figure out two types – physical custody and legal custody.
- Physical custody deals with where the child will actually reside.
- Legal custody deals with who gets to make legal decisions for the child, including things like medical and educational issues.
For both types, it must be decided if there will be sole or joint custody and they do not have to be the same for both. Or example, both parents can share (joint) custody legal custody of a child while only one (sole) has physical custody. It could also be the case that two parents share physical and legal custody.
Each case is specific and will be determined with the help of attorneys and the family court.
For non-custodial parents, a visitation schedule will need to be worked out so that they can be a part of their child’s life (unless they are barred from doing so for legal reasons).
Keep in mind that child custody arrangements will be worked out hand-in-hand with child support arrangements.
There may be times when adjustments or modifications are needed for child custody arrangements. This could be for a variety of reasons. Here are a few possibilities:
- A parent relocates
- A parent’s income changes
- A parent is arrested
- Parental abuse is suspected
- Parental substance abuse is suspected
All changes must be worked out through the family court system, not individually between parents.
What Are Your Options?
If you are struggling with child custody issues in a divorce, seek legal assistance so you can have professional guidance through the process. At The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, they will patiently work with you to figure out the specifics of your case and chart the best path forward.