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What Are The Different Types of Custody in Florida?

By Hutchinson Law  Feb. 8, 2011 9:15a

In the state of Florida, child custody in a divorce is always determined by what is in the best interests of the child. The court will examine all of the relevant facts when making its determination. If you are getting a divorce and you and your spouse have children, it's very important that you seek advice from a family law attorney who can further explain the Florida child custody laws to you. Below are the different types of child custody:

Physical custody refers to who the child will live with. In an ideal situation, physical custody of the child will be determined by the parents in a parenting plan. Whether the physical custody is determined in the parenting plan or in a court order, the parents will be described as having either primary physical custody, sole custody, or joint physical custody.

Legal custody has to do with who will make the important decisions regarding the child's upbringing. There are different types of legal custody, they are joint legal custody or shared legal custody or in some cases sole custody or full legal custody may be awarded to just one of the parents.

Temporary custody refers to a temporary custody arrangement, usually at the commencement of a divorce. However, temporary custody agreements can quickly become permanent.

Joint child custody refers to an arrangement where the child spends a significant or equal amount of time with each parent.

Child Custody Lawyer in Jacksonville

When the parents cannot come up with a custody arrangement on their own, the task is left up to the family courts to make the determination. When you are encountering a child custody issue, it would be in your best interests to contact a Jacksonville divorce attorney who can work on your behalf. At Hutchinson Law, we understand the importance of maintaining your relationship with your children, and we will do everything within our power to help you achieve a successful outcome in your child custody matter.

Contact a Jacksonville Child Custody Lawyer from our firm today for a free consultation.

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