Resolving Child Custody And Visitation Disputes
How Are Custody Decisions Made?
Parents may negotiate a custody and visitation agreement on their own, which is subject to court approval. If parents are unable to reach an agreement, a judge will decide the custody terms. The court may use numerous factors to reach a determination, including:
- The age of the child
- The child’s relationship with each parent
- How disruptive a change may be to the child’s current routine
- The child’s wishes, depending on the child’s age and level of maturity
The most significant factor the court will consider is what is going to be in the best interests of the child. It is essential to keep in mind that what you consider to be your child’s best interests and what the court finds to be the child’s best interests may not always be the same. For example, whenever possible, the court will attempt to reach a decision that enables the child to have some form of contact with both parents.
Attorney Keough can help you set realistic goals and expectations for custody while passionately advocating for the outcome you desire. It is always possible to modify a custody agreement if things change in the future.
Contact Attorney Keough For Experienced Family Law Representation
Mr. Keough handles child custody matters as part of divorce proceedings and for unmarried parents. To find out how he can help you, call the Law Office of Timothy S. Keough, P.A., at 352-508-1446. You may also complete the online contact form. From his office in Tavares, Mr. Keough represents clients throughout Lake County, Sumter County and surrounding areas.