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David Turlington: What Happens To My Children If I Get Divorced?


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David Turlington, Turlington Law, discusses on the challenges with child custody. Learn more about what Turlington Law can do for you:

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David Turlington: What Happens To My Children If I Get Divorced?

  1. 1. Q: What Happens To My Children If I Get A Divorce? David J Turlington The Law Office of Turlington Law Firm David Turlington Law
  2. 2. David Turlington Law The different child custody classifications  Physical custody: Physical custody is the provision of a living space for the child. The child lives with the parent with physical custody.  Legal custody: Legal custody is the right to make decisions regarding the upbringing of the child. This includes determining religious practices, the school the child will attend, and medical decisions.  Joint custody: Both parents have either legal or physical custody, or both.  Sole custody: Only one parent has legal or physical custody of the child. This arrangement is becoming increasingly rare, as courts tend to favor joint participation.
  3. 3. David Turlington Law Consequences of divorce for children  Reduction of parental attention and support. Children might feel neglected, confused, and possibly to blame for the domestic upheaval.  Lack of access to one parent for extended periods.  Lack of stability. Children may feel unmoored by continually switching residences – always visiting but never staying.  Conflict between parents. Children may be caught in the middle of an acrimonious relationship between ex-spouses.
  4. 4. David Turlington Law Consequences of divorce for parents  The stress of parenting responsibility. Parents who must suddenly take sole daily responsibility for the care of a child may undergo a period of stress-related emotional flux.  Lack of emotional support. Many newly single parents experience loneliness and a difficulty adjusting to an absence of additional parental support.  Conflict with ex-spouse. An unstable relationship with the ex- spouse can further exacerbate stress.  Economic hardships. There may be a reduction in financial resources and retrenchment due to pressing financial obligations.
  5. 5. David Turlington Law Common child custody challenges  Custody interference. Failure to respect or adhere to contact and/or visitation agreements, including hand-off refusal, intruding upon scheduled visitation, and limiting phone calls.  Interstate custody/relocation. Without advance relocation agreements, parents might not be able move to a different state and legally maintain the existing custody agreement.  New personal relationships/dating. Developing intimate relationships during custody disputes might be ill-advised depending upon a number of factors, including how the children feel about the relationships.  Parental fitness concerns. Drug or alcohol dependency, or allegations of spousal abuse, are extremely difficult to overcome.
  6. 6. Thanks for reading! David Turlington Law