Child Custody

Guidance Through Orlando Child Custody Matters

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Preserving the Best Interests of Your Children

While resolving child custody disputes can be frustrating for parents, it is often a more upsetting experience for children. Many kids are confused, and they do not understand why their parents are fighting or breaking up. At R. Gregory Colvin, LLC, we work closely with our clients and their children, helping them create a child custody arrangement that meets everyone's needs.

With over 25 years of experience, our Orlando child custody attorney has helped numerous clients create effective parenting plans. We will take the time to learn about your situation and create legal counsel that is tailored to your needs.

Contact our firm online at (407) 603-3460 to schedule your free initial consultation.

Types of Child Custody

In most child custody cases, the state wants both parents to be actively involved in raising their children. Acting on that theory, unless it is against the best interests of the child, many courts will implement a 50/50 child custody plan; this is often referred to as joint custody. With joint custody, both parents share legal and physical custody of the child.

  • Legal custody allows a parent to have decision-making abilities in their child's life, such as education, religion, and medical needs.
  • Physical custody refers to where a child lives. In the case of joint custody, both parents are awarded physical custody

In Florida, the court refers to joint custody as shared parental responsibility. This means that both parents must approve any decisions regarding their child. However, even with joint custody, the court will designate one parent as the primary joint custodian and the other parent with visitation rights, in order to create a more stable environment for the child. They will have a primary home, school, doctor, etc.

In some situations, the court may consider one parent to be harmful to the child's best interests, possibly because they lack gainful employment or are unable to provide a satisfactory home-life. If this is determined, the court can order sole custody of the child to the other parent, making it very difficult for the other spouse to obtain visitation rights or have access to their child at all. An experienced Orlando child custody attorney at our firm can help you evaluate your current situation to see if there are any factors that might prevent you from obtaining joint custody of your child.

Factors that affect custody arrangements include:

  • The moral, mental, and physical health of the parents
  • Evidence of abuse or domestic violence
  • The ability of each parent to provide for the child

Having a clear understanding of these elements beforehand can really make the difference in a child custody case. We encourage you to call our office if you would like to speak to an attorney about your current situation.

Resolving Child Custody Through Mediation

Often the needs of all individuals involved in a custody case are better served by creating a parenting plan through mediation. Our Orlando child custody lawyer is very experienced in mediation and other alternative forms of dispute resolution. The benefit of mediation is that it allows all parties involved to work out their differences and the details of their custody agreement outside of the courtroom, saving both time and money in many cases. Attorney Gregory Colvin has helped many individuals and families find mutually acceptable terms in a low-confrontational environment. This is not only good for you but also for your children.

If you need assistance resolving a custody or visitation matter, we can help. Our team is available 24/7 and we have weekend appointments available as needed.

Schedule your free initial consultation at (407) 603-3460.

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