Child Custody/Joint Custody

Legal Help for Child Custody Matters in Panama City

The Reed Law Office understands child custody is a complex matter, whether in the context of a divorce, separation, domestic violence or child abuse allegations, or relocation cases. Child custody refers to the care, control, and maintenance of a minor. Child custody laws in Florida help determine which parent gets legal and physical custody. DadSonA parent with legal custody of a child can make educational, religious, medical, and disciplinary decisions. Through these laws, the courts will also decide who gets physical custody. The attorneys at The Reed Law Office will help you understand the framework of legal custody issues and fight for you each step in the process.

There are two types of custody arrangements in the state of Florida. Child custody can be awarded to one parent (known as sole custody) or to both parents (known as joint custody).

With sole custody, one parent gets legal and physical custody of a child. In a joint custody situation, both parents share legal and physical child custody. In Florida, joint custody is called shared parental responsibility, and both parents must approve all decisions related to the child. In this situation, one parent is named the primary joint custodian and the other parent is granted visitation so the child has a primary residence, school, and a designated primary physician.

The term joint custody means that both legal and physical custody shared by the parents. California Code defines joint legal custody as a situation when "both parents shall share the right and the responsibility to make the decisions relating to the health, education, and welfare of a child." Joint physical custody requires that each parent is allowed "significant periods of physical custody."

When you choose The Reed Law Office you are choosing a firm that will take an active and compassionate approach towards the best positive outcome for you and your children.