Custody/Time-Sharing Attorney in South Florida
What You Need To Know About Child Custody in Florida
Florida has recently changed the way it classified custody. Now, both parents retain legal custody rights and obligations, known as shared parental responsibility. The state no longer grants sole custody with only one parent or the primary parent. Following a divorce, both parents will need to negotiate time-sharing to fit the parents' and the children's needs. If parents are unable to agree on a time-sharing plan, then mediation may be able to help. If parents are still unable to reach a solution, the decision will be left up to a judge.
The judge will consider the following factors when deciding on time-sharing plans:
- Which parent is more likely to encourage frequent and continuing contact with the child and nonresidential parent
- The love, affection and other emotional ties existing between the parents and the child
- The capacity and disposition of the parents to provide the child with necessities such as food, clothing, shelter, education and medical care
- The length of time the child has lived in a stable, healthy environment and the desirability of maintaining continuity
- The moral fitness of the parents
- The mental and physical health of the parents
- The home, school and community record of the child
- The preference of the child if the Court deems the child to be reasonably able to form and express a preference
- Evidence of domestic violence or child abuse
- Evidence that any party has knowingly provided false information to the court regarding a domestic violence proceeding
Custody trials can be complex and will often require testimony from relatives, friends, teachers, babysitters, doctors, and psychologists. There is also the cost and trauma of a court hearing on you and your child. Pazos Law Group and our team of South Florida time-sharing lawyers do our best to minimize the harmful effects to children while helping parents focus on preserving harmony and civility.
Protecting Your Child's Best Interests
When parents are going through a divorce, it is important to remember to protect their children from the damaging and traumatic effects. Children should not be put in between bickering parents. Our team of divorce attorneys can help you focus on the critical issues and prevent unnecessary stress on your children. If you need a divorce attorney in Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Coral Springs, Coral Gables, or anywhere else in Florida, our team can help you.
Call us at (954) 719-5557 to discuss your time-sharing matter.