Can I have legal and physical custody of my child?

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Custody arrangements for children need to be made before a divorce is declared to be final. To make these arrangements, in court a judge will give parents either physical or legal custody of a child. Physical custody gives one parent the role of custodial parent. As a custodial parent, they will spend more time with the child since the child will live with them in their home. The child may still have time to spend with their other parent. However, most of their time will be with the custodial parent. Legal custody is granted as well. This form of custody allows a parent to make important decisions for the child. These decisions can include a child’s education, medical treatment, religious affiliation and more.

When one parent is given physical and legal custody, this gives them sole custody of the child. This can be reserved for cases where one parent is deemed to be unfit. They may be unfit due to a history of drug or alcohol abuse. They may also be deemed unfit if they have exhibited abusive behavior toward a family member. Judges do not grant sole custody cases without a reason. Although they want the child to have a relationship with both parents, they will not put the child in harm’s way. The judge will look out for the best interests of the child. This is to ensure that they are healthy and safe.

Can I be given visitation rights?

If a parent is not given custody of the child, they may still be allowed to see the child. They can gain visitation rights to allow them to spend some time with their child. These visits may be supervised by someone who works for child protective services. This is to make sure that the child is safe during these visits. Without custody, these parents may feel hopeless. However, by getting visitation rights, it can help greatly. They may eventually be able to prove that they are a fit parent. If this occurs, modifications can be made to child custody arrangements to allow them to have more of an influence in their child’s life.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

I hired Susan to represent me in a divorce matter where I was fighting for custody and to limit my wife's equitable share of our assets. I won custody of our son, kept the marital residence, kept my professional practice, kept my building and paid less than half to my wife. This was after a long-term marriage. She could persuade the court that equitable is not equal and sometimes the man does deserve to win!

‐ Dave

I first must say that I had been represented by two prior attorneys both of whom had simply taken my money and left me nothing to show for it in my custody case. They kept telling me what they were doing for me but I found out they were lying. Susan on the other hand had gotten me temporary custody and support for my children and myself within two months of hiring her. I cannot say enough about her.

‐ Craig

After talking to a few other attorneys, I hired Susan to represent me in my divorce and custody dispute. I was reluctant to go with her because she was the cheapest out of all the other attorneys I met with, but I'm so glad I did. I am 100% positive no one else would have done such a great job with my case as Susan and her staff. Her work is quality, her staff is reliable and her character is honorable. There...

‐ Linda

I had a very difficult case where I had already burned through two attorneys who were unable to get me custody of my children and complete my divorce. Susan was able to rapidly work out an agreement and not let it just malinger on like my previous experiences. She was also considerate of my financial situation unlike all of the other lawyers I had spoken to. I highly recommend her if you want complete and caring service with an in-depth knowledge of...

‐ Joanne


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