Boca Raton Child Custody Lawyer
Also Representing Clients in Palm Beach, Broward County, & Miami
Divorce is a difficult process for most people. For those with children, it can become even more traumatic. As a parent, you may feel threatened by this issue with concerns over how your relationship with your child will be permanently affected. You and your spouse may disagree about the best way to protect your children from the emotional upheaval of breaking up the family unit. Furthermore, you may have little understanding of how this issue is resolved in the family court system. All of this can lead to enormous stress and contention.
At the Law Offices of Lindsay B. Haber, we understand your fears, worries, and uncertainty. Attorney Lindsay Haber has resolved hundreds of cases involving divorce and child-related matters for clients over more than a decade.
Her exclusive practice of Florida family law throughout her career has given her enormous insight and proficiency in helping parents find mutually-acceptable solutions for this critical issue. She brings an array of methods that can work for you, from negotiation, mediation, and collaborative law, all of which can help you avoid adversarial litigation and remain in control of custody arrangements under court policies.
Florida Child Custody Basics
Child custody is an issue that must be resolved between divorcing or separating parents as well as between never-married parents in paternity cases. Judges determine this issue based on what is in the child’s best interest. You and the other parent can resolve the issue on your own outside of court or through litigation. Regardless of how you agree, the judge will review your agreement to ensure that it aligns with what is best for the child based on the fact and circumstances of your case.
Custody law in Florida is also based on the belief that a continuing, frequent, and meaningful relationship with both parents benefits children the most during this troubling disruption in their lives. The courts do not favor one parent over the other; mothers and fathers have equal rights in the matter. Only in cases where a parent has a history of domestic abuse, neglect, continual substance abuse, or criminal behavior would the court limit or deny custody rights.
Timesharing & Parental Responsibility
Florida law abandoned the use of the word “custody,” replacing it with the terms “timesharing” and “parental responsibility” to better reflect the parenting role. Timesharing involves the schedule of overnights a child has with each parent. Parenting responsibility refers to the decision-making rights parents have in major life matters, such as schooling, medical care, religious upbringing, and similar issues.
Both of these categories can be shared or may be awarded to one parent only, depending on the circumstances. Timesharing custody may be on as much of an equal basis as possible or with one parent having more time than the other due to issues such as the proximity of households, daycare or school location, parental work schedules, and more.
Understanding Florida Child Custody Laws
When it comes to child custody in Florida, it's important to have a clear understanding of the state's laws and regulations. Our experienced child custody lawyers are well-versed in Florida's legal framework and can provide you with the guidance and support you need to navigate the complexities of the legal system.
Key aspects of Florida child custody laws include:
- Legal and physical custody
- Parental responsibility and decision-making authority
- Timesharing schedules and visitation rights
- Modification of custody orders
- Enforcement of custody agreements
By working with our dedicated legal team, you can ensure that your child's best interests are protected and that your rights as a parent are upheld throughout the custody process.
Protecting Your Child's Best Interests
At The Law Offices of Lindsay B. Haber, P.A., we understand that child custody cases can be emotionally challenging and stressful for both parents and children involved. Our experienced Boca Raton child custody lawyers are dedicated to protecting your child's best interests and ensuring a smooth transition during this difficult time.
When you choose our firm, you can expect:
- Compassionate and personalized legal representation
- Thorough evaluation of your unique situation
- Expert guidance on Florida child custody laws
- Strong advocacy for your parental rights
- Negotiation and mediation to reach amicable agreements
- Aggressive litigation if necessary
We believe that every child deserves a safe and nurturing environment to grow and thrive. Our team is committed to working closely with you to develop a custody plan that prioritizes your child's well-being and stability.
Lindsay B. Haber has over a decade of family law experience, and she's ready to help you. Fill out the form today!
Timesharing & Parenting Plans
Courts require a detailed Parenting Plan that outlines the time the child will spend with each parent. These Plans should be as specific as possible, including how holidays, summer vacations, birthdays, and other special events will be handled, how children will be transported between households, how disagreements will be resolved, and more.
If you and the other parent cannot agree on a Plan, the court may order mediation. Where this fails, the judge may intervene and resolve the issue by creating a Plan for you. Thus, parents should cooperate enough to create a Plan, allowing you to retain control over the matter. Judges can only make Plans based on their limited knowledge of your family. Furthermore, you may be unhappy with a Plan established by the court without your input.
How Courts Decide Custody in Florida
In this matter, courts consider factors such as each parent’s ability to provide a stable home environment, willingness to cooperate in co-parenting, the child's preference (depending on the child's age and maturity), each parent’s ability to provide for the child’s needs, parental physical and mental health, and any other relevant factor.
“Lindsay is the most caring and knowledgeable family law attorney I know. She always had his best interest at heart and made sure the kids were protected”- Former Client
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