Child Custody / Timesharing
When a marriage ends, the couple must make many important decisions and resolve disputes. The issue of parenting and timesharing is one of the biggest concerns to resolve, but the difference being that the legal standard in Florida is the best interest of the child(ren), not the parents.
Our dedicated family law attorneys will help you protect your child’s emotional well-being by seeking to allow you to provide the stability your child craves as their world is changing around them. Our experienced attorneys will defend your rights, while easing your own anxiety as agreements are finalized relating to child custody, scheduling, timesharing and parental responsibility.
Child Custody is divided into two main categories:
- Timesharing (physical time child spends with each parent), and
- Parental Responsibility (major decisions to be made for child relating to medical care, school matters, social and recreational, religious faith)
If the couple cannot come to an agreement around these issues in order for a detailed parenting plan to be drafted for court approval, the court will have to decide, based on some or all of the following factors:
- The age of the child
- The wishes of the child if the child is off sufficient age and maturity
- Which parent may provide better basic primary care
- Parent’s health, including mental health
- Any criminal record, including domestic violence
- Substance abuse by either parent
- Parent’s financial status
- Parent’s employment stability and work schedule
- Each parent’s home environment that will be available for child
- Potential better home environment with stepparents, grandparents or other family members
Our compassionate child custody attorneys understand that best agreement usually allows both mother and father to maintain a consistent relationship with the child, where appropriate. It is important for an experienced child custody attorney to draft a comprehensive agreement so that you do not have to return to court in the future to modify the agreement.
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