If you want to spend time with your children after your
divorce finalizes, you need to start thinking about
child custody. Since many parents in the heat of a
contested divorce can only see the flaws of their spouses and not all the things that brought
them together in the first place, it is not uncommon for one of both parents
to want sole custody of their children. The best or only solution might
be to use joint custody, but even this might not come without a fight.
What Makes You Great
If you want to have physical custody of your children, even if it is just
on weekends, and joint legal custody, which is the right to make decisions
for the kids, you might have to take some time to show the court why you’re
a good parent. Have you maintained gainful employment for several years?
Do you have no criminal record? Is your home close to their school? All
of these things and more are useful when you want joint custody.
With that said, you might not want to go out of your way to show the negative
qualities of your ex-spouse. Yes, they probably have some, but unless
your children’s wellbeing is jeopardized, the court might not need
to know. In fact, if you want joint custody to keep some of your own schedule
open, attacking the reputation of your ex might backfire and reward you
sole custody instead.
Does It Help Your Children?
When it comes to making decisions, the court is continually looking towards
the children to see how one choice or another will impact them. If you
can show that joint custody will benefit the children more than one parent
getting sole custody, you will be close to being in the clear. This is
exactly the type of situation the court wants to see.
Courts already have a strong predisposition towards joint custody as it
is. There is a widespread and understandable presumption among family
courts that a child will, in most cases, benefit from being with both
parents, rather than only or mostly one.
For more information about divorce and joint child custody, R. Gregory
Colvin LLC can be of assistance to you. Our Orlando family law attorneys
have 25+ years of legal experience and a penchant for working towards
agreements in divorce, rather than encouraging disharmony. Call
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