Child Custody

Child Custody Lawyer in Jacksonville, Florida

A parent’s right to make decisions concerning child’s welfare is not absolute, a court may intervene. It is Florida policy that parental responsibility is shared. For issues involving minor children courts use the “Best interests” Test that is used for all matters involving minor children. Courts will look at a variety of factors centering on what is best for the child. The judge has great discretion to award child support and child custody, and attorneys fees as justice requires. The judge may fashion any order that seems fit. The court may also order mediation and possibly arbitration.

A minor child’s natural parents are that child’s natural guardians. In the case of a child born out of wedlock, the mother is the natural guardian. There is no distinction between natural-born children and adopted children.

Both parents have a duty of support for their child until the child reaches the age of 18.

Shared parental responsibility is preferred unless it would be detrimental to the child. Parents must confer with each other and jointly determine major decisions. Court will resolve disputes by applying the best interests of the child test which includes access to records and information pertaining to child. Courts will award sole parental responsibility only if shared parental responsibility is determined by the court to be detrimental to the child. Sole parental responsibility means that only one of the child’s parents makes decisions concerning the child.

The family law attorneys at McGRATH GIBSON can help!

Child custody, Child Support and Child Visitation or Timesharing can obviously be a complicated and very sensitive matter. If you are facing a divorce or separation that involves a child, let the family law attorneys at McGRATH GIBSON help you navigate these complicated laws and assure that you and your children’s rights are protected. Call the lawyers of McGRATH GIBSON to schedule a consultation at (904) 358-3300. We look forward to helping you.

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