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Child Custody

In any family dispute, it is the children that suffer the most. When parents have divorced, the children are ultimately tugged back and forth like a piece of rope. The best option in such a situation is to go through the legal process of child custody.

In Florida, parents vying for the custody of the children will have to deal with 2 specific concepts. The first is parental responsibility, which basically pertains to the authority of each parent to decide for the children with their best interests at heart. Such decision-making involves where the children will study, the children’s health care, and other very crucial matters that could affect the lives of the little one. In many cases, such responsibility and authority are shared between parents. However, in some cases where there are bitter disagreements between the two parties, the responsibility is given to a single parent.

Time sharing, on the other hand, is the other concept that most divorced parents often get heated about. This particular concept delves into the amount of time the children will spend with each parent. More often than not, this matter is settled out of court through mediation where a specific schedule for each parent is laid out. The decision on which parent the children will live with is also agreed upon by both parties. In some cases though, the legal remedy requires a court mandated decision. This is usually caused by irreconcilable disputes by the parents.

Call us for a free consultation if you are troubled about the welfare of your children.