Child Custody And The Welfare Of Your Children
The attorneys at Luis A. Perez P.C. Law Office understand that child custody orders are life-changing decisions that affect the entire family. Court decisions on physical and legal custody are ultimately based on the best interests of the children, but not always what is best or easiest for the parents. As a result, visitation rights and child custody disputes often become emotionally charged.
Physical Custody Versus Legal Custody Of Your Children
Child custody orders fall into two categories: physical custody and legal custody. A physical custody order outlines where the child physically spends time on a day-to-day basis. Typically, physical custody is either joint or sole, but may include third parties such as grandparents. Visitation rights for the parent who does not get physical custody are also part of the physical custody order.
Legal custody orders outline who has the right to make important decisions for the children. These decisions include health care choices, education and religion among other things. Most parents choose to share joint legal custody unless there are issues of domestic violence or if the level of conflict between the parents prevents them from working together.
Our child custody practice includes:
- Child custody and visitation
- Grandparent custody and visitation
- Custody relocations
- Enforcement of custody, support and divorce orders
Agreeing On A Custody Arrangement
Child custody cases typically involve parents but may also involve grandparents or a third party (usually a relative that is not a parent). Every situation is unique, and we help you decide what is best for your family. In most cases, families choose some form of joint physical custody combined with joint legal custody. However, if there is no mutual agreement, the court effectively takes over legal custody and makes decisions for you — the goal is to work together to avoid this situation.
Contact Luis A. Perez P.C. Law Office For Help With Your Custody Situation
For help and guidance in your child custody case, call Luis A. Perez P.C. Law Office at 703-278-2084 or contact us online to set up an initial consultation.
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