Perhaps, the most difficult part of a divorce is trying to come to an agreement on child custody. When it comes to child custody, there are quite a few options available. It is crucial that you understand all of these possibilities so you may know what to expect during the legal proceedings.
When the Florida court is deciding child custody, they will always consider the best interest of the child. The court will work hard to prevent significant changes to the child’s current quality of life, and simultaneously enable both parents to remain a major figure in their life. If there is sustainable evidence that a parent should not be a part of the child’s life, the court will take appropriate actions.
There Are Different Types of Custody Arrangements
Here are some of the terms that you will most likely come across in the custody hearing:
Legal custody – Parents with legal custody are responsible for providing for the child and deciding what’s best for them. This could include education, religious practices, and medical provisions.
Physical custody – A parent who has physical custody will live with the child the majority of the time. Parents who do not have physical custody may be eligible for visitation rights.
Visitation – Visitation is the time delegated to help organize both parents time spent with child. If both parents do not have joint physical custody of a child, they may have a right to visit with the child.
The court will decide if sole custody or joint custody will be awarded. Sole custody simply means that one parent will have both physical and legal care of the child. If joint custody is awarded, both parents will have a say in the child’s life. In many cases, one parent is given custody rights, and the other parent receives visitation rights.
If you are in the Panama City area and need to fight for your child custody rights, contact the Virga Law Firm, P.A. today!