Child custody is not just for divorcing couples

When most people think about child custody, they look no further than a divorcing couple arguing about which parent a child will live with after the marriage has ended, and how much visitation the non-custodial parent will be entitled to. This is perhaps the most important aspect of child custody, but it is by no means the only child custody issue that may arise. In fact, parents do not even have to divorce for child custody to become an issue.

Sometimes happily married couples may still have to enter into custody disputes, and the assistance of an attorney can be the difference between keeping a family together and losing a child forever. For example, if a child's grandparents believe that the child's parents are not fit to raise the child or are not raising the child properly, the grandparents could attempt to take custody of the child from the child's parents.

In many instances, courts side with parents, especially when compared with the claims of grandparents. However, sometimes other family members are not the ones attempting to take custody of your child. In more serious circumstances, a government agency could simply take your child away from you. Oftentimes in such scenarios, you have no say in the loss of custody, and you will have to prove to the courts that you are a fit parent in order to recover custody of your child.

Just because you and your spouse are happily married does not mean that you are guaranteed to maintain custody of your child. It is important to be the best parent that you can be, but if your custodial rights are challenged in any way, you may wish to consider contacting an attorney. Florida residents are encouraged to visit our web page to learn how we can put decades of experience to use in helping them with child custody matters.

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