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October 06, 2018.
posted in Child Custody

On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.

Divorce is challenging when it is just you and your spouse, but when children are involved it can take a divorce to a whole new level. Ideally, an uncontested divorce, which is where two partners agree on how most everything will be divided, is the best kind of divorce. Uncontested divorces are typically less contentious and the partners are understanding of each others’ feelings. This can be very helpful when dealing with coordinating the best plans for their children. Contested divorces, on the other hand, can be a different story. Contested divorces are expensive and can be emotionally exhausting. Unfortunately, this fallout often makes creating the best plan of visitation for children that much harder.

Child custody, much like a divorce, benefits from an attorney helping guide you through the process. Child custody attorney at The Law Office Of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale is equipped with the education and resources to ensure that your child’s situation is cared for with the utmost care. We know that family is important and we want everyone leaving the situation feeling as if their voices are heard and satisfaction that a plan has been set to most benefit the child.

How We Can Help You

Our child custody lawyers at The Law Office Of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale understand that divorces are challenging on multiple levels. From emotions to financing, our attorneys are ready to help you problem-solve regardless of how easy or hard the situation. The reason we can help you the best is that we understand how the courts think.

The courts are starting to change the way they frame language around child custody situations. The courts are steering away from traditional “win/lose” orders to focus more on how the child can benefit. For example, instead of saying “custody” or “residential parent” the courts are using terms like “best interest”. Altering the language from a win/lose dynamic makes the situation less about the parents winning or losing their children; instead, the focus is placed back onto the children and where their “best interest” lies.

What are “Best Interests”?

In Florida, the courts look to Florida Child Custody Guideline.  The guidelines provide factors for judges to consider in order to make an educated decision on who the child should stay with and/or how time should be provided for the child to be with each parent.

Here are several factors the courts consider:

  • the sense of responsibility the parent has
  • the ability to provide a safe home
  • the wishes of the child, depending on their age
  • the mental and physical health of all involved
  • the material needs of the child
  • any evidence of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, or child abuse
  • the relationship your child has to any other family members

There are more factors to consider which is why having a child custody lawyer on your side can be very beneficial. We believe that you want the best for your child. Give us a call at 954-533-2756 or click here for more information on how we can best serve you and your family.

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