Orlando Child Custody Lawyer
Before parents who have children can finalize a divorce, they will first need to make a determination–together–about who should have custody of their children. In some cases, reaching a custody arrangement is easy–both parents agree about what is best for them and the child(ren) in regards to time-sharing. In other cases, though, child custody is hotly contested and reaching an agreement feels impossible. In either event, working with a skilled Orlando child custody lawyer is recommended. Call the office of the O’Mara Law Group today for a consultation and information about your rights and options.
Forming a Parenting Plan in Orlando
In Florida, the courts recognize two different types of child custody: time-sharing, which refers to physical time spent with a child, and parental responsibility, which refers to each parent’s rights to make decisions about the child’s life, such as where they should go to school or which religion they should be raised. Parents will need to come to a consensus about both parenting time and parental responsibility before the court will finalize a divorce.
As such, parents are strongly encouraged to work together to create a parenting plan; once the parenting plan is completed, it can be submitted to the court for approval. A parenting plan should include details about parenting time and parental responsibility–and how each will be shared–as well as information about how the child will be transported from one parent’s house to the other’s, how holiday periods will be shared, how disputes will be resolved, and more.
Litigating a Child Custody Case
If parents are unable to create a parenting plan together through collaboration and mediation, then they may need to turn to the court and ask a judge to make a determination about child custody. If the court makes the decision, it will do so based on the child’s best interests. The best interests of the child will be determined by the court after considering factors such as:
- The capacity and willingness of each parent to encourage a close relationship between the child and the other parent;
- The extent to which any parental responsibilities are anticipated to be delegated to third parties;
- The needs of the child and each parent’s ability to act with the needs of the child in mind;
- The moral fitness of the parents;
- The geographic viability of a proposed parenting plan/arrangement;
- The mental and physical health of the child;
- The reasonable preference of the child; and
- Any other factors the court finds relevant.
These factors, and others, can be found in Florida Statutes Section 61.13.
Get Help in Your Child Custody Case
If you have questions about child custody, are worried about losing custody of your child, or aren’t sure how to proceed in your child custody case, call the O’Mara Law Group directly today for a consultation. Our Florida child custody lawyers have the experience and the drive that matters, and are committed to providing you with detailed, personalized attention. We know how challenging a child custody case can be – call our team today for the support you need.