Child custody could easily represent the most important aspect of your divorce, as it determines how often you can see your children and how they are raised. If you believe you might need to enter a legal battle with your ex-spouse to obtain the child custody rights you think are best for your children, empower your case with the help of Henderson, Raque, and Cain and our Murfreesboro child custody attorneys. By handling your case with integrity, dedication, and a client-focused approach, we believe we can help you secure the best possible outcome that you and your children deserve. Ultimately, the final decision must be representative of what is in your child's best interests.
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When determining what type of child custody situation you would like to achieve, your considerations might be more varied than first expected. Child custody is not an all-or-nothing type of legal agreement, and it does not only deal with who your children live with throughout the week.
You will need to decide if you want full or joint legal custody and full or joint physical custody. Most divorcing couples aim for joint custody simply because it puts a percentage of the responsibility onto their ex-spouse, allowing them to shoulder some of the load of parenting. In particularly heated divorces, full custody might be the objective, especially when there is a reason to believe one spouse is incapable of providing proper parenting. For example: You may want full legal and full physical custody of your children if your ex-spouse engaged in abusive behavior to yourself or your children.
Ideally, parents should work together to come up with a parenting plan that fits their needs and the child's best interests. If parents are unable to reach a decision through negotiation or mediation, then the courts will make a final determination using the child's best interests as a guide. Neither the mother or the father is preferred in custody cases.
Courts decide custody by looking at:
No. Custody and child support are two separate issues. Even if a parent is not paying court-rdered child support, you should never refuse visitation because doing so can land you in trouble with the courts. If you are facing difficulty accessing your child or if the other parent is not paying child support, consult an attorney to understand your legal options.
At our law firm, our clients’ comfort comes first and foremost in every case. We do not want to push you towards a decision that does not work for you but we are also willing to take control of your case if you are not content with getting involved with the legal aspects and paperwork. Beyond being respected Murfreesboro family lawyers, we are also well-known for giving clients a friendly ear that listens to their concerns.
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