When parents split up, their number one concern is generally making sure that the children are well-cared for. Parents may disagree over who should have more time with the children and how to raise them. These conflicts can ultimately tear a family apart and leave children caught in the middle of the war between their parents.
When determining custody issues, the parents or the court will come up with an agreement regarding legal and physical custody. Legal custody refers to decision making, such as which parent will make decisions about the child's schooling, health and other important issues. Physical custody refers to where the child will be living after the split. Generally, if one parent has physical custody, the other will owe child support.
Many studies have shown that children benefit when both of their parents stay involved in their life and make decisions relating to the child, even after they are no longer together. However, shuttling back and forth between houses every other day may not offer the stability that children need, particularly when they are young.
Determining child custody and support can be difficult, especially when you are emotionally involved in the situation. One of the best things parents can do to maintain the peace during this difficult time is to let a qualified family law attorney handle the case. At Joseph R Zoucha Attorney & Counselor at Law, we are equipped to help your family handle these complicated issues. Our main focus is to make sure that your children are as unaffected by the break-up as possible and that they continue to thrive. We attempt to help you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse come to an agreement outside of the courtroom to avoid lengthy court proceedings. If you and your ex-spouse still cannot agree, we will go to court on your behalf and fight for your parental rights.
No matter what your situation, our attorneys will do our best to make sure that you and your children are protected throughout the process.