Custody can become a heated argument between two people that love their children and want what they perceive is the best for them, and most people believe only they can provide the best for their children. When it comes to custody, it is often difficult to know exactly how the courts determine if it will be joint custody, sole custody, or assisted visitation. There are so many options it can be confusing. Here are a few facts to help you understand child custody after a divorce.
Most courts place the needs of the youth above anything else when deciding the physical custody of a child. This includes the emotional attachment of the child with each parent, the age of the children, and which parents hold the caregiver role in the household. A parent must provide information about his or her ability to maintain the physical, monetary, and emotional well being of the child before the court decides how the needs of the youth can best be met.
When you file for an uncontested divorce Tampa, custody can be determined without all the fighting associated with other types of divorces. That means that one parent will be granted physical custody of the child, while the other parent has significant visitation privileges and special event rights. Some jurisdictions refer to this a shared or combined custody, and it has proven to be the best for children in terms of psychological and emotion stability. There are other determinations that can limit the child’s time with one or the other parent, but the courts understand that children need time with both parents if it is physically safe to do so.
Custody of children can be an emotional battle that many people get lost in as they try to win the fight. If you find yourself lost in the fray, take a step back and remember that what is best for your child is the determining factor – even if you don’t like the outcome.