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Legal custody makes a parent's voice count

Each day Florida parents work hard to ensure that their children's needs are met. They pay their bills so that their kids have roofs over their heads and lights that turn on when they flip their switches. They earn money so that they can put food on their tables and clothes on their children's backs. They save and plan so that they can provide their children with opportunities for entertainment and involvement through extracurricular activities.

A lot of parenting revolves around physically providing for kids and physically caring for their needs. When parents do not maintain their relationships with their kids' other parent, then these matters are often managed through the creation of parenting plans on physical custody. However, there are other parental duties that parents must continue even after the relationships with their exes end.

Parents must continue to make important decisions about the wellbeing of their children. They must understand how choices related to medical treatment and care may influence their children's quality of life and futures. They must make significant decisions regarding the introduction of religion into their children's lives. They have to stay involved in their kids' education and advocate for their kids when they believe their educational needs are not being met.

These intangible parental responsibilities are all part of parents legal custodial rights. After a separation or divorce, a parent may lose their rights to engage in these important parental conversations if they are not granted legal custody of their kids. For this reason, it is important for parents to fight for their rights to legal custody to make sure that their voices are heard, their concerns are acknowledged, and their preferences are entertained when it comes to the upbringing of their children.

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