Child Custody

There are a few proceedings in many divorce cases that are emotionally involved as child custody fights. At Stone & Horne, L.L.P., we strive to resolve these child custody issues.

There are two kinds of Child Custody:

  • Legal Custody
  • Physical Custody

Custody battles most often arise in a divorce or separation, requiring a court's determination of which parent, relative or another adult should have physical and/or legal control and responsibility for a minor (child) under 18. When both parents share custody of a child after a divorce it is called joint custody. Joint custody may be either legal or physical custody.

Physical custody designates where the child will actually live, whereas legal custody gives the custodial person(s) the right to make decisions for the child's welfare. Child custody can be decided by a local court in a divorce or if a child, relative, close friend or state agency questions whether one or both parents are unfit, absent, dead, in prison or dangerous to the child's well-being. In such cases, custody can be awarded to a grandparent or other relative, a foster parent or an orphanage or other organization or institution.

Attorney Nina C. Stone strives to resolve these child custody issues and achieve a solution that is in the best interests of the child. In most cases, the non-custodial parent is given visitation rights, which may include weekends, parts of vacations and other occasions. The custody order may be modified if circumstances warrant.

If you are facing complex child custody issues, please contact Stone & Horne, L.L.P. for a free initial consultation.