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Wednesday , March , 20 2019
Child Custody
Adkins Family Law child custody

  • Overview
  • Shared
  • Sole
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Supervised Visitation

This is one of the most difficult types of cases to handle, because both parents love the child/children and don't want time taken away from them for so many good reasons. Perhaps, you think the other parent is unfit to care for the child/children. Maybe you want the child/children to be with the other parent at all times when they are exercising their time-sharing. Are you upset with the living arrangements for the children at the other parent's home? While many good reasons exist to fight about the children, the courts generally insist on the children being with BOTH parents.

Formerly known as Joint Custody. Both parents have regular time to visit with the children, based on a parenting plan that can be either agreed upon by both parents or established by the court if the parents cannot agree.

Occurs when the court finds that one parent may be unable to properly care for the child/children for following reasons: The parent may be using drugs, the parent may be neglecting the child/children, the parent may have abandoned the child/children, or the parent is abusing the child/children in some form.

Sometimes, the court wants to get a neutral third party involved in your case, depending on the circumstances and the allegations being made in the case. This neutral third party is called a guardian ad litem, who spends time talking with each of the members of the family individually. Once the guardian ad litem has had a chance to get an impression of your unique family situation, they then report back to the judge and give a recommendation to the judge on what they think should happen in your case.

The court may recommend supervised visitation for a parent for many reasons. When the court recommends supervised visitation, the order usually includes a schedule for visitation as well as a plan for the parent to work toward getting back unsupervised visitation with the child/children. This process usually takes about nine months from the time the order is signed, but can vary based on the parent's participation.


The information provided here is intended to be general information. It should be used as a reference and may not apply to your specific case. The information made available DOES NOT create an attorney/client relationship between you and the attorney. Please call our Office, (954) 734-6048 for answers specific to your situation.