Experienced Fort Myers Custody Lawyer
In Florida, there are two forms of child custody that can be granted to a parent in Fort Myers: legal and physical custody, each of which can be granted on a joint or sole basis. Legal custody concerns the ability of a parent to make important decisions in the child’s life regarding health, education, religion, and others. Usually, both parents are granted legal custody of their children, unless doing so will not be in the best interest of the child. When both parents have joint legal custody of their children, they are said to have “Shared Parental Responsibility.”
The other form of custody that can be granted to parents in Fort Myers Florida is called physical custody and determines where the child will actually live. More often than not, one parent has sole physical custody while the other has visitation rights and Shared Parental Responsibility. The parent that the child lives with is called the “Primary Residential Parent” in Florida.
The decision to grant child custody in Fort Myers – and all of Florida in general – is based on one factor alone – the best interest of the child. One parent is not favored over the other simply because of gender. If joint custody is not granted, it is usually because one parent has shown to be incapable of making sound legal decisions concerning the child or the relationship between the parent and child is a hostile or abusive one.
Several other factors are considered when determining shared or sole custody rights, but there are times when one parent’s rights are violated. One parent may try to limit the other’s visitation abilities or may falsely accuse the other of abusive tendencies that can affect the court’s decision. If you are struggling with a child custody case, turn to Fort Myers custody lawyer Michael M. Raheb to discuss your rights.
The Law Office of Michael M. Raheb will offer you a no-obligation consultation to discuss all family law matters to provide you with the best course of action to take in court. Fort Myers custody lawyer Michael M. Raheb will not allow your rights to be violated and always makes sure the best interest of the child is at the forefront of all suggestions and decisions.