Child Custody and Time Sharing
At Warrior Law, we recognize the well-being of all children involved in a divorce is a paramount concern. We know the issues and we understand it's a big deal. We pay careful attention to our clients and render legal advice that protects not only their rights but each child's rights as well. We encourage parents to collaborate on issues of child custody. However, in some situations litigation may be necessary.
To develop an effective plan, I will consult with you about your parenting goals and each child's needs. I will advise you of your options and the potential outcomes of the various legal approaches to finalizing a parenting plan. We will then create a complete divorce strategy that contains the best child custody and time-sharing arrangements for your children.
The thought of having to deal with child custody is highly emotional. Decisions regarding child custody and shared parenting duties are among the most important decisions made by parents who are ending a relationship. Often, they are among the most hotly contested as well.
Florida law supports equal time sharing and shared parenting. Courts give both mothers and fathers equal rights and access to the children; often strongly supporting joint custody. It is important to remember that regardless of why parents are ending their relationship, children are often affected the most and their best interest must always be kept in mind.
While the court is considering the best interest of the children, it must decide who gains primary custody or if joint custody of the children is appropriate. Important considerations in the matter include:
You and your spouse's fitness as parents.
The anticipated division of parental responsibilities.
History of behavior that demonstrates your commitment to your children's upbringing.
Stability of your home environment.
Consistency in the children's home, school and community.
Courts encourage the involvement of both parents except when the contact is detrimental to the children. The court may restrict the rights of one parent if it finds:
A history of domestic violence.
Abuse of drugs or alcohol.
An unsafe or unhealthy home environment.
We can help you protect your family if the other parent poses a threat to your children. We may seek restricted or supervised visitation by the other parent in some circumstances. When appropriate, we initiate dependency proceedings or file for a domestic violence injunction.