Kissimmee Child Custody Lawyer
In a divorce, one of the most contentious issues is child custody. Typically, one parent will fight the other for custody, causing arguments and even more stress during an already emotional event.
In Florida, child custody is more commonly known as time-sharing. This is because, while it is possible for one parent to have sole custody of the child, the state focuses on both parents raising the child. This is in the best interests of the child.
The team at Anderson & Ferrin Attorneys at Law, P.A. can help you understand the state’s child custody and time-sharing laws. See one of our experienced Kissimmee child custody lawyers for help with your case.
Types of Child Custody
There are two main types of child custody: legal and physical. Physical custody refers to where the children live, whereas legal custody means that the parents make important decisions for the children, such as their education, where they will go to school, medical care, and religion.
Typically, both parents will share legal and physical custody of the children. This is called joint custody and this is what the state of Florida prefers, if possible. However, there are situations in which a parent may have sole custody. For example, a parent with a history of child abuse, neglect, or drug abuse may not have custody of the child. A parent may get sole custody if the other parent is incarcerated or does not wish to have a relationship with the child.
The judge will make a decision based on the child’s best interests. These factors may include:
- Ability of both parents to cooperate together
- Physical and mental health of both parents
- Stability of the child’s home environment
- Any criminal background of the parents, particularly as it pertains to abuse or violence
- Child’s wishes, if they are old enough
Why Contact a Child Custody Lawyer
Unless you and your spouse can come to an agreement on your own, child custody is often determined by a judge. You will need to prove your case to a judge, so you must have evidence of your parenting abilities. A lawyer can help with:
- Filing the appropriate paperwork
- Dealing with certain complex situations, such as those involving domestic violence, orders for protection, or other court orders,
- Gathering evidence and witnesses
- Developing a strategy
- Helping you prepare testimony
With more than 20 years of combined experience, our Kissimmee child custody lawyers from Anderson & Ferrin Attorneys at Law, P.A. can help you get the best outcome possible.
Contact Anderson & Ferrin Attorneys at Law, P.A. Today
Child custody is often a contentious area of divorce. Let us help you reduce stress and focus on the best interests of your children.
Anderson & Ferrin Attorneys at Law, P.A. can recommend the best course of action for your child custody case. To schedule a consultation with our experienced Kissimmee child custody lawyers, call 407-412-7041 or fill out the online form.