Children best served by thoughtful custody arrangements

Although family law courts in Florida may endeavor to create a child custody and visitation schedule that comes closest to maintaining the positive aspects of the child's former lifestyle with both parents, the sad truth is that, after the divorce, the child will never again be able to spend as much time with both parents together.

However, a thorough and amicable child custody arrangement may be the next best thing. That seems to be the prediction for the recent divorce filing by Courteney Cox Arquette and her husband, David Arquette, on the ground of irreconcilable differences. The couple is seeking joint child custody of their 8-year-old daughter. They were married 12 years.

Even when amicable, however, custody arrangements involve many considerations. For this reason, it is in your best interest to contact an attorney to help you with your child custody proposal. Without an attorney's help, your analysis might be limited to present circumstances or overlook important factors. An attorney will review with you all of the factors that a court might consider in determining the arrangements best suited to your child.

A typical plan considers the medical, educational, religious and other special needs of the child. A court will likely evaluate your plan to see if it promotes a healthy parent-child relationship with both custodial and noncustodial parents, and that allow both parents a meaningful opportunity to participate in the growth and development of their child. A court may also apply a far-reaching eye in accounting for a child's support, possibly examining which parent's property and debt division settlements are best structured to provide for the child's college tuition.

Nothing is more important to parents than their children. If you are facing a child custody dispute, an attorney will ensure you preserve that which is most important to you.

Source: Huffington Post, "Courteney Cox Divorce: Actress Moves To Drop Ex-Husband David Arquette's Last Name," June 14, 2012

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