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Child Custody Attorneys in Putnam County

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Fairly Dividing Custody Between ExesDivorce can be a stressful situation for everyone, especially if there are children involved. The final result of these matters can alter the course of their lives forever. It is no surprise, then, that custody matters are often among the most contentious issues in divorce. Everyone wants to be certain that their children are getting the love and care they need.

The Putnam County child custody attorneys at Hedstrom and Harris have a depth of experience in representing parents who are seeking custody of their children. Many individuals have entrusted these types of family law cases to us, and we are passionate about helping them reach their goals.

Reach out to us today for help gaining custody of your children. (386) 200-6547.

Understanding Child Custody

Child custody refers to the rights and responsibilities each parent has to the child, which is granted by a court after a divorce or separation.

There are two different forms of child custody:

  • Legal custody, which refers to the right to make decisions in matters that impact the child's life, such as education, healthcare, or religion; and,
  • Physical custody, which refers to where the child physically lives

Each of these types of child custody may be awarded entirely to one parent, referred to as sole custody, or be divided between the parents, called joint custody.

How Is Child Custody Determined in Florida?

The judges in Florida will always base decisions on the “best interests of the child.” These are important factors in evaluating not only the outcome of a custody matter, but also shape how the child is raised into adulthood. These decisions can have a lasting impact on the child.

These determining factors might include:

  • How the child is currently living
  • What the child needs to continue thriving emotionally, mentally, and physically
  • How each parent can financially and emotionally provide for the child
  • If either parent has had problems with abusing drugs or alcohol
  • If either parent has committed acts of abuse, domestic violence, or sexual abuse
  • The child’s education, extracurricular activities, or religious considerations
  • How the parents can amicably come together to make decisions about their child

Furthermore, it is always in the best interests of the child to maintain a relationship with both parents. A custody case that involves a parent who has been abusive in the past can often be more difficult and contentious; that parent may be limited in the type of custody or visitation arrangement available. Ultimately, the child’s safety and happiness are of the utmost concern.

Choose Hedstrom and Harris to Fight for You

If you find yourself in a battle for child custody, it’s important to seek qualified legal help right away. The experienced attorneys at Hedstrom and Harris are prepared to come to your aid. There’s so much involved in child custody law, and we can advise you through it all. Let us help you build your case for gaining custody of your children.

Our child custody lawyers in Putnam County are ready for your call. Reach out to us now at (386) 200-6547.

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