Child Custody Lawyer in Orlando
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.
over 25 years of experience, our Orlando
family law 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.
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 divorce 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.