First, it is important that you know that the Florida Legislature has replaced terms such as Custody and Visitation with the terms "Parenting Plan, Shared Parenting and Timesharing." Because the old terms are still highly recognized outside of the legal community, this page will discuss the relevant issues utilizing these familiar terms.
It is our goal in child custody and visitation cases to aggressively pursue your legal needs and goals while maintaining a level of dignity for you and your children throughout the legal process. After listening to your story, we will always be up front regarding your legal rights and options available to you that will best reflect what you believe is in the best interest of children who are involved.
It is rare that child custody issues are not a point of contention during a divorce or even after a divorce has been finalized. A divorce is hard enough on children who are involved. The age old perception that the mother is almost always awarded custody of the children in a divorce is a thing of the past. The guideline that the presiding judge will follow in child custody and visitation cases is "what is in the best interest of the child."
With more fathers choosing to fight to be the primary residential parent of his children, it is important as a mother or a father to show stability, a strong voice of reason, and also the willingness to agree to a child custody and visitation agreement (parenting plan) that promotes continued and frequent contact for the children with both parents. Appearing to be spiteful or attempting to limit contact between a child and his or her other parent without significant proof for such action to be necessary is contrary to what the statutory child custody guidelines state.
It is important to know your rights, be informed how the law may relate to your child custody and visitation issues, and what your options may be to give you the best opportunity to achieve your child custody and visitation legal needs and goals.
If accusations are raised against a mother or a father as to his or her parenting skills, judgment, or even as to his or her character, we must often fight to either prove or disprove the allegations, minimize or maximize the effects of the allegations relating to child custody and visitation issues, and show the court that proving or disproving the allegations directly reflects on what is in the best interest of the child.
We will address all child custody and visitation issues that the court may consider according to the child custody and visitation statutory guidelines, including but not limited to:
When the primary custodial parent wants to move 50 miles or more, or out of State, child custody and visitation issues may be even more complicated. One of the purposes of Florida's Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act is to address and deter child custody controversy and to promote cooperation between States to ensure child custody and visitation proceedings are conducted in the home state of record for the child.
If have questions or need to address legal issues relating to child custody, visitation, divorce, or other family law needs, seek the legal advice and representation of an aggressive child custody attorney. At Morris Law Firm, P.A., you will work with an experienced lawyer who is dedicated to protecting the legal rights of those in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, Bonita Springs, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Immokalee, Labelle, Lee County, Collier County, Charlotte County, Hendry County and Southwest Florida.