Safeguarding The Best Interests Of Your Children
Florida has abandoned the terms "child custody" and "visitation," and now requires a detailed parenting plan with a time-sharing schedule that lists when and how long a child will spend with each parent.
Time sharing is based on the principle that both parents should equally share and enjoy time with their children. With this in mind, courts now favor awarding equal time sharing to each parent, as long as this arrangement is in the best interests of the child.
In determining a time-sharing arrangement that is in the best interests of the child, Florida courts are required to consider numerous statutory factors, including:
- The ability of each parent to put the child's needs above his or her own
- Demonstrated ability and capacity of each parent to have a close parent-child relationship
- The length of time the child has lived in a stable environment
- The parents' ability to work together to parent the child
- Any evidence of domestic violence, abuse or neglect.
Caring, Experienced Representation
At Cauthen, Oldham & Associates, P.A., we understand that, for most parents, maintaining a meaningful relationship with your child following divorce is of the utmost importance. Our goal is to help parents negotiate a creative and workable parenting plan while working to minimize the conflict sometimes associated with custody matters.
With more than 40 years of experience, we recognize that the dynamics of each family are unique. In some families, negotiation and mediation may be successful in resolving time-sharing disputes. In other families, aggressive litigation may be necessary.
Whether we are advocating for you in the courtroom or at the negotiating table, we will call upon more than four decades of experience and success to zealously protect your parental rights and the best interests of your child.
Contact A Lake County Visitation Attorney
Contact Cauthen, Oldham & Associates, P.A., at 352-508-4175, toll free at 888-801-1678 or via email to discuss your child custody concerns with an experienced Tavares child custody lawyer. Our firm represents clients in family law matters throughout central Florida.