Determining Legal Custody in Florida

Trusted Daytona Beach Child Custody Attorney

After divorce, many parents experience damaged relationships with their children. Poorly resolved custody decisions and unexperienced attorneys inflict lasting consequences on families each day. At The Law Offices of Jeffrey A. Klein, we believe it doesn't have to be this way.

The ability to make decisions for your child is important and we want to ensure that you don't lose this treasured privilege. As esteemed Daytona Beach divorce attorneys, we've been representing local residents for more than a decade. Our firm looks forward to providing you with the highest level of legal counsel for your family law matters.

What is considered legal custody?

Gaining physical custody, or at least a portion of it, is usually a parent's first priority. Legal custody tends to fall to the back burner but it is equally important and should not be disregarded. Florida refers to legal custody as 'parental responsibility,' which essentially means the ability to make decisions for your child.

Similar to physical custody, parental responsibility can be either sole or shared. The court begins with the assumption that shared parental responsibility would be in the child's best interests unless negative factors cause them to think otherwise.

Parental responsibility means you can make decisions for your child regarding:

  • Education
  • Religious affiliation
  • Medical treatment
  • Employment
  • Living situations

Under shared parental responsibility, both parents are required to work together to make mutually satisfactory decisions. If they are unable to do so, the court may order sole parental responsibility. This gives just one parent the authority to make all major decisions for the child.

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Not only does your child deserve what's best, you deserve what's best. No parent should be unnecessarily cutoff from a relationship with their children, but it does happen. Your choice of legal representation matters, so why not go with the very best?

Call our firm today to speak with attorneys who value your opinion and will do whatever it takes to preserve your rights.