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Daytona Beach Child Custody Lawyers

Our Experienced Custody Attorneys Can Protect Your Rights & Best Interests

Being a parent means taking care of your children for the rest of your life. In the event of a divorce, there is a chance you won’t get to see your kids as much as you used to. Child custody is arguably the most sensitive issue in family law, resulting in a significant amount of stress, anxiety, and fear. With the help of a skilled divorce attorney on your side, you can increase your chances of obtaining primary custody of your children.

If you require legal assistance with a child custody matter or interested in modifying a current order, our Daytona Beach child custody attorneys at Buckmaster & Ellzey will strive to obtain the most favorable results possible for our clients.

We will take the time to review your case, listen to your concerns, and determine all of your legal options in order to resolve your child custody dispute.

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Florida Child Custody Laws

Child custody means providing care, shelter, and support to a minor child. The state court will decide who is awarded legal and physical custody. Legal custody is the right for a parent to make educational, medical, disciplinary, and religious decisions for the child, while physical custody establishes where the child lives.

There are two main types of custody arrangements: sole custody or joint custody.

  • Sole custody is when a parent obtains both legal and physical child custody
  • Joint custody means both parents share legal and physical custody of a child

When it comes to the latter, the court will determine who the primary joint custodian is and who is granted visitation.

The court makes all child custody decisions based on the best interest of the children, which includes factors such as:

  • The age and gender of the child
  • The mental and physical health of each parent
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • The child’s own wishes (if he/she is of mature age)
  • The need for a consistent and stable home environment
  • Support and interaction opportunities with relatives
  • The child’s relationship with his/her siblings and other household members
  • The child’s ability to adjust to changes in community and school
  • Evidence of abuse, domestic violence, drug use, and other criminal activity

If you and the other parent cannot reach an agreement regarding child custody, a Florida judge will make those decisions for you.

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With more than 35 years of combined legal experience, our Daytona Beach divorce lawyers can protect your rights and best interests throughout the legal process. We can make sure all of the paperwork is filed, all of the deadlines are met, and ensure the other party is adhering to the custody orders.

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