Jacksonville Child Custody Attorney
Handling Divorce and Family Law Cases
In the state of Florida, child custody decisions are typically finalized
in a parenting plan, or an official document created between the divorcing
spouses to establish each of their roles in regards to raising and rearing
their children after the
divorce concludes. In a parenting plan, the divorcing couple will either create
their own guidelines pertaining to the children’s education, healthcare,
and social wellbeing, or use preexisting guidelines set up by the state
if no agreement can be made. Ultimately, a parenting plan should tell
each parent in clear language how, why, and when they are responsible
for the major life decisions of their children.
If you need to make a parenting plan, or if you have a child custody dispute,
our Jacksonville child custody attorneys at Albaugh Law Firm can help
you. We have more than 70 years of combined legal experience and take
on each case as a team, giving you access to professionals who see the
issue from all angles and take appropriate steps to come to a resolution
for you and your family.
Dial 904.450.5313 today to set up a
Different and Distinct Forms of Custody Agreements
In your child custody case, you need to be aware that there are four factors
that can go into how you will be spending time with your child, and your
rights as a parent in the future.
Parental responsibility: This is a parent’s ability to make decisions for their child or the
child’s upbringing. This will terminate on the child’s 18th birthday, assuming they do not have any mental or physical incapacity.
Physical custody: This determines where a child will live, and potentially affects visitation
and relocation rights of either spouse.
Shared: The court orders that you and your ex-spouse divide responsibility and custody.
Sole: The court orders that one parent have all or inclusive custody or rights
over the child.
The four aspects can be interchanged according to what the divorce court
deems works best for the child’s needs. When you are creating your
parenting plan, either with your ex-spouse or with your divorce lawyer,
you need to consider how responsibility and custody will be split, if at all.
Example: If you have sole physical custody of your child but shared parental
responsibility, your child will live only with you, but both you and your
ex-spouse need to work together when an important life choice comes up.
Florida Family Court Principles
The divorce court in Florida State will not leave matters up to chance
when it comes to deciding which parent deserves which set of rights or
custody time. There is an established set of guiding principles family
court judges are told to consider when determining your child’s
best interests. This bears repeating: your child’s best interests
are always the priority, not yours or your spouse’s.
Some of the primary guiding principles include:
- Child must live in a safe, permanent home.
- All members present in family court must be treated with respect.
- Related family law issues should be addressed simultaneously.
- Encouraging family happiness and stability should be a priority.
- Families may have a say in what legal processes are used, when reasonable.
- Family court costs and fees should remain affordable.
- Family court cases must be overseen by highly trained professionals.
If you believe that any of the aforementioned guiding principles of Florida
family court were not followed during your divorce, you may have legal
grounds to contest the child custody agreement. This could be done either
by attempting to revoke the power of the first agreement, or by modifying
it to better suit what you believe is right and fair. An attorney’s
help will be required no matter which option you take.
Seek a Satisfactory Conclusion – 904.450.5313
If you want to file for custody or parental responsibility in your divorce
case, you should first retain the services of our Jacksonville child custody
attorneys. When we work on your case, we will want to structure any agreements
so that both you and your child benefit from the outcome. We start by
planning a strategy for the conference room, hoping to avoid court costs
by settling matters with your ex in private, but we also prepare each
case as if it will go to court. Our clients come to us for our strength
and experience, and stay for our compassion and dedication.
Learn more about what we do during a
free case evaluation.