Kissimmee Child Custody & Timesharing Attorney
If you are not married to your child’s other parent or are getting a divorce, you want to ensure that your parental rights are protected and that you get to have a meaningful, ongoing relationship with your child. Under Florida law, the concept of “child custody” is referred to as parental timesharing. Courts no longer make assumptions that the mother should have full custody of the children but instead assume that both parents sharing time with a child is the best arrangement. However, parents are required to have a specific timesharing and parenting plan that sets out how they will share both legal and physical custody of their child.
A court must approve your timesharing and parenting plan before it will grant a divorce, so it is important that child custody matters are handled efficiently. The Kissimmee child custody & timesharing attorneys will help you reach a custody agreement that preserves your relationship with your child while minimizing delays whenever possible.
Spending time with your child is a priority for most parents. Therefore, you want your custody arrangement to provide you with ample time in the physical presence of your child. Both parents and children are busy, however, and creating a schedule that works for you, your child, and the other parent can be challenging. It is beneficial to use negotiation, mediation, or other legal tools to agree on a timesharing schedule to avoid court involvement.
In some cases, you may believe that spending time with their other parent may put your child at risk of physical or emotional harm. In such situations, you can request that you have sole physical custody and that the other parent only have visitation rights or even supervised visitations. Some reasons why sole custody may be granted may include:
- Substance abuse problems
- History of domestic abuse
- Criminal activity
- Immoral activity around the child
- Mental illness
The court will examine whether granting sole custody is in the best interests of the child and our attorneys can present support for your arguments to help you protect your child.
In addition to timesharing schedules, you will also need to address how you will share legal custody of your child, which involves making key decisions for your child regarding education, healthcare, religion, and other important matters. Your parenting plan should make clear who is responsible for certain decisions and how you will resolve any conflicts should they arise.
At times, custody and timesharing orders may be modified due to scheduling changes or an adjustment in the child’s life. Even if you and the other parent can agree to changes, you will need to have those changes approved by the court. In some situations, you may not agree, including if one parent wants to move away with a child. If you cannot agree, you will need a skilled child custody attorney to support or defend against a modification in court.
Call Our Kissimmee Child Custody & Timesharing Attorneys Today
You should have an experienced Kissimmee child custody attorney for any matter involving your parental rights. Please call our dedicated legal team at Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. for help.