Custody of children is one of the most difficult aspects of any divorce or separation. Many parents fight over custody or begin to use their children against each other in order to be the “better parent.” However, this is rarely necessary, and having an attorney who understands the complexities of child custody issues is a great asset to have. Attorney Jack A. Rounick can guide his clients through the family court system to better understand the different types of custody.
There are two primary aspects of custody including physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody revolves around who the child lives with, visitation, and any shared time such as holidays and vacations. Legal custody, on the other hand, is the determination of which parent have the right to make decisions regarding medical care, education, and even religion. In most situations, courts will rule that both parents have equal decision-making capabilities, ruling joint legal custody. However, not every situation is the same, and there are many unique aspects to divorce and separation cases which may warrant a judge ruling full legal custody to one parent.
Parents sharing legal custody typically have to come to an agreement on the foundations of a child’s life. When children are in the hospital, they need to understand the complexities of the child’s medical needs and make a decision based on his or her best interests. Families who were raised under the same religion may easily agree on what religion to raise their children, as well as those who agreed upon the type of education they would receive. Whenever parents are at an impasse, they should either consult a mediator to come to a solution or, worst case scenario, take the issue to court to let a judge rule on the concern.
Attorney Jack A. Rounick believes that parenting children through a divorce is crucial in order to ensure the transition runs smooth. He is here to help clients in achieving harmony in their child custody rulings and parenting plans to get everyone on board and help pave the path to a better life for children regardless of their parents’ situations.