Divorce cases are stressful by nature, but when it comes to child custody, there are several ways to reduce stress and promote healthy results for everyone involved.
- Remember what it’s really about.
- Understand what the judges are looking for.
- Understand custody types.
- Understand the possible complications.
- Hire a compassionate and experienced lawyer
What is most important?
Unfortunately, child custody cases often become less focused on the children and more focused on the parents. The best lawyers go into a child custody case prioritizing the children’s wellbeing, knowing that judges make decisions based on the children’s best interests.
According to Psychology Today, child custody cases and arrangements focused on the dispute between spouses are the most hurtful to the children. Focusing on the wellbeing of your children can result in a less stressful experience for everyone involved.
What are judges looking for?
In Florida, child custody agreements are established based on the wellbeing of the children. Do not expect courts to favor one parent above another due to gender. Instead, Florida laws favor a “flexible parenting style.” When determining custody, judges look at several factors, including:
- The child’s relationship to both parents
- Each parent’s ability to care for the child and respond to their needs
- The emotional and physical stability of each parent.
What types of custody are available?
The court can either grant legal or physical custody to one or both parents. Parents who have legal custody can make legal decisions regarding the child’s education, religion, discipline, and medical care. Physical custody determines where the child resides.
Florida law makes two types of custody arrangements available to parents in Naples. Sole custody means that only one parent will have custody of the child while joint custody means that parents will share custody. Parents who are given sole custody will be responsible for both legal and physical custody. When joint custody is granted, both parents will share the legal and physical custody responsibilities, meaning both parents will have to approve of decisions made regarding the child.
How do things get so complicated?
Even in a relatively peaceful case, complications arise around the children’s needs and preferences, and the environment each parent can provide. Unfortunately, there are many cases when one parent tries to limit the other’s visitation abilities or accuses the other of harboring an abusive environment for the child. Custody cases can turn into long and bitter disputes, resulting in the children suffering more than anyone.
Who can help?
If you are going through a child custody case, Michael Raheb can help protect the best interests of your family. According to Very Well Family, even when their parents maintain an amicable relationship, children of divorce experience life-changing emotional strife. As an experienced Naples custody lawyer, Michael Raheb understands the compassion and efficiency needed to limit the stress placed on children.
Attorney Raheb uses his knowledge of Florida divorce law and his dedication to personal attention to reduce tension and help you and your children make the smoothest transition possible into your new custody arrangements.
Let’s make 2019 the year of resolutions focused on the wellbeing of your family! Contact the Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A. online today or call 239-226-0888 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.
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