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Child Custody / Time-Sharing

Child Custody in Florida

The lawyers at Mario Gunde Peters & Kelley handle all types of child custody cases in Florida. We work with parents to establish fair child custody and time-sharing after the divorce

Children endure the trauma of their parents breaking up. It is crucial to provide them with a secure and supportive environment. The last thing they want is to lose one of their parents in a custody battle. Our lawyers prioritize creating a just parenting plan that allows both parties to maintain strong ties with their children.

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Child Custody in Florida

The judges in Florida are mandated by law to make custody decisions rooted in what they think is in the child’s best interest. State public policy dictates that each minor child has regular and consistent contact with both parents after divorce. It also encourages the parents to share the joys, responsibilities, and rights involved in raising a child. The court can also assess any relevant issues when making this decision.

Typically, the court’s decision is determined by the following factors:

  • Parental Fitness: The law encourages the judge to closely evaluate each parent’s fitness on various levels. These might include a parent’s involvement in daily parental duties and incidences of misconduct, such as domestic violence or substance abuse.
  • The Child’s Social and School Life: The court will assess the child’s life, educational records, and involvement in community activities to assess if moving them to a new home might disrupt their routine. 
  • The Child’s Preference: If the child shared by the divorcing parents is sufficiently mature and intelligent, the court will ask them to share their preference. Depending on the child’s age, the court may or may not consider the child’s preference when making the final decision. 

Parenting Plans

If you want to avoid leaving the decision of your child’s custody up to the court, you will need an experienced lawyer to draft a reasonable parenting plan. It is a document that details how divorced parents will divide the daily tasks related to their child’s upbringing. 

A parenting plan features a time-sharing schedule, which states the time the child will spend with each parent. It also details which parent will be responsible for handling school-related matters, health care, and other activities. This extensive document also includes agreed-upon parental communication with the child and further details that might be unique to your family. 

If the parents cannot see eye to eye and agree to a parenting plan, the court will decide what is in the child’s best interest.

Time-Sharing and Parenting Plans in Florida

If you’re going through a divorce, our lawyers can help you create a parenting plan that ensures your child’s wellbeing through this trying time. We will make sure to protect your parental rights and avoid future complications. 

Moreover, if in the future you or your ex experience a change in employment, health, finances, etc., we can make changes to the document to ensure it remains fair for both the child and the parents. We can also represent you whenever you need to adjust the time-sharing and custody document. Since these changes require court approval, you cannot make them independently. With us in your corner, you can start the legal process right away, letting us prepare the needed petition and submit it to the court for approval.

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If you’re looking for an experienced lawyer for child custody in Florida, get in touch with the Legal Eagles at Mario Gunde Peters & Kelley today!