Florida Divorce Attorney on Child Custody
Child Custody Issues
Because many times parents may be upset and not getting along well as a
divorce looms, the issue of custody and visitation become areas that require
careful handling by an experienced
Florida child custody and visitation attorney. The care and well being of your child or children is of utmost importance
not only to our office, but to the courts as well. The
family law court system takes the health and happiness of children as one of the
most important issues to work out in any divorce.
Most parents will share parental responsibility for their children after the divorce. In doing so, you must communicate and confer with each other in making decisions that will affect your children. Usually, the court will give one parent primary residential care (custody) of the children. Unless there is a good reason, the court will grant the other parent frequent visitation. The court decides custody solely on what is best for the children. Often, one of the parties is hurt by the decision, especially if that party sees the decision in a "win/lose" light. In truth, there can be no loser if the children's welfare is protected.
In virtually all custody contests, the court will direct both parties to participate in mediation to resolve that issue. A mediator is an unbiased third party who can often assist the parties in reaching agreement upon what is best for the children. An agreement on custody will certainly make your case easier and help your children immeasurably in dealing with your divorce.
What are the Chances of a Father Getting Full Custody in Florida?
In Florida, it is rare for either parent to get full custody of the child. However, it is not impossible. In order for a court to grant full custody to either parent, the court must determine that shared parental responsibility would be harmful to the children and not in their best interests. Therefore, in order for a father to get full custody in Florida, he must show the court that giving any parental responsibility to the mother would be detrimental to the children involved. Demonstrating that the mother is likely to undermine the relationship between the father and the children or that she is unlikely to adhere to the court-ordered time-sharing plan are two examples of circumstances that could result in full custody for the father. So as a father, you must show without a shadow of a doubt that you are the best parent and that the mother would be a terrible parent for your child.
Dedicated Child Custody Lawyer
When spouses can't work out an agreeable schedule of visitation, then a
court ordered schedule of visitation usually occurs. In this case, one
or the other spouse may wish to change or increase the time they get to
spend with their children. Any such changes require a legal application
be made to the court. Other issues can arise, such as a spouse failing
to keep their appointed scheduled visits, or keeping the children longer
than authorized. These are all serious circumstances that are best addressed
with the assistance of a professional who can direct you in your legal
rights. Call us today to arrange an appointment to discuss your child
If you are considering divorce, contact Florida Divorce Lawyer Tauna R. Bogle, P.A. to discuss child custody and other key matters.