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Divorce can be a traumatic event for children as well as the parents. While it is best if the parents can agree upon who will be responsible for the care of the children, this does not always happen. When there is much conflict between the two spouses involved in a divorce over the custody of the children, an experienced Florida family law attorney can help. An attorney can inform both parents of all of the duties that must be met in caring for the child and can aid them in deciding how this will best be handled.
Best Interests of the Child
In a divorce in which the parents of a child do not agree on who will get custody, a family law court will consider the best interests of the child first before making a custody decision. A family law court will consider the mental and physical health of the parents, the wishes of the child, whether or not there has been any abuse of the child by either parent, and the age of the child. Cultural and religious considerations may also be taken into account. Circumstances like drug or alcohol abuse will also be considered.
Factors Involved in Awarding Custody
A family law court will also consider other factors in deciding how to award custody of a child in a divorce. If one parent travels extensively and the child needs to be in school, the traveling parent may not be able to support a stable schedule for the child. The emotional bond that exists or does not exist between the parent and the child may also be a factor, as well as the parent’s ability to provide for the child’s medical and other financial needs. If a child needs special help, such as with a school that assists with a child’s learning disabilities, then this needs to be considered in any custody agreement for the child.
Call to Schedule a Free Consultation With a Family Law Attorney in Florida Today
If you’re involved in a divorce with a child custody dispute, call to schedule a free consultation with a family law attorney in Florida today. We are able to listen to your case with an open mind, and come up with real solutions that will work for your family. A family law attorney from the law firm of Finnell, McGuinness, Nezami & Andux, P.A. can bring clarity to this difficult situation and can help you come to an agreement on what is best for your child. Contact our Jacksonville, Florida office at 904-791-1101 and let us help you resolve your conflict and reach a settlement that works for all parties involved.