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Florida Judge Grants full Custody of Children to Rocker's Wife

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Child Custody on Friday, December 19, 2014.

To help mitigate some of the understandable emotions associated with the child custody process, it is useful to understand how child custody decisions are made. A Florida judge recently granted full custody of the couple's three children to the estranged wife of rocker Scott Stapp from the band Creed. The mother of the three children, ages 16, 7 and 4, was granted sole physical and legal custody of the children; visitation rights were not mentioned. The family home was also declared the sole residence of the mother and three children by the Florida judge. Stapp has been accused of strange and erratic behavior as well as drug addiction. Stapp was recently committed and his oldest child recently took to social media to urge his father to get help.

Child custody situations can be difficult and complex. To help focus the sometimes emotional process, courts seek to determine what is in the best interests of the children when arriving at child custody determinations. To make this important determination, the court may consider a variety of factors. The court will look at the physical, mental and emotional health of the parents and their ability to parent. Keeping in mind the health, safety and well being of the children, the court will consider a number of other important factors.

When making child custody determinations, the court may also consider the need for a continuing and stable home environment for the child; school and community concerns; the child's relationship and interaction with other members of the household and extended family; religious or cultural concerns; the age and sex of the child; and the wishes of the child in some circumstances. No two situations are the same so it can be helpful to understand how child custody determinations are evaluated.

There are different types of child custody arrangements, including joint custody, when one parent has legal custody or when one parent has sole custody of the children. Always, the child custody arrangement seeks to fulfill the best interests of the children so it can be important for parents to understand these factors when going through a child custody dispute.

Source: New York Daily News, "Scott Stapp loses custody of three children, not allowed to return home: report," Kirthana Ramisetti, Dec. 13, 2014

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