Child Custody Lawyers Jacksonville FL
North Florida Law Firm are Jacksonville FL child custody lawyers handling child custody cases including joint custody, sole custody, and custody disputes at our Jacksonville Florida family law-focused firm.
Child custody deals with custodial awards or determinations involving a minor child. A minor is legally defined in Florida as any child under the age of eighteen (18). Custody disputes most often arise in situations where the parents cannot reach an agreement as to who will have ongoing custody of their child following their divorce. In these situations, the court must step in and make a determination based on the best interests of the child regarding which parent will be awarded “legal” and/or “physical” custody. In this case, it is important to have a responsible child custody lawyer on your side.
• Legal custody – determines who will have the right to make decisions for the child involving education, medical issues, and discipline.
• Physical custody – determines with which parent the child will reside.
In a sole custody situation, one person (generally a parent, but may be a grandparent or other family member, or another adult deemed fit by the Duval County/Jacksonville court) is awarded full legal and physical custody. Joint custody means that the parents will share legal and/or physical custody of their children.
Even after the issue of your child or children’s custody is settled, your legal issues may continue. The court can require you to consult with each other prior to any major decisions being made for your child. Any disagreements along the way may be resolved by going to mediation, returning to court, or by one parent being awarded final decision-making power. This authority may be broad or limited to emergency situations, or be specifically related to certain areas of the child’s life.
Whether the child custody issues you face are the initial determination of physical or legal custody, a court dispute over custody, or ongoing custodial issues, the Jacksonville FL child custody law firm of North Florida Law Firm can provide highly experienced advice and advocacy.
North Florida Law Firm
150 Warren Circle Suite C
Jacksonville, FL 32259
Monday – Friday: 9AM – 5PM
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