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St. Petersburg Child Custody Attorneys

Child custody is one of the most challenging components of Family Law. Dealing with the potential loss of your children, or simply with them not being there every day, only compounds the heartbreak you have already endured during the divorce process. An experienced Child Custody Attorney can help you to develop a custody arrangement that works for you and your family, and can help give you peace of mind.

Together Isn’t Always Better

One of the main reasons that people cite for staying in an unhappy marriage is concern for the emotional health of their children. However, research suggests that a child who is raised in two happy and loving homes is actually better prepared to handle challenging or complex emotional relationships in the future than a child who has been raised in a home fraught with discontent and arguments. It is possible to build or maintain a strong, healthy, and loving relationship with your child after divorce, and there are many examples of successful people who were raised by single or divorced parents.

Florida Child Custody Determination

Historically, one parent would be the “custodial parent” that had the children the majority of the time and made most of the decisions, but this is no longer the case. In the state of Florida, there are two different components to child custody, Parental Responsibility and Time Sharing.

Parental Responsibility refers to the decision making ability that each parent is given regarding issues such as healthcare and education. If there are no unusual circumstances, parental responsibility is typically shared equally between the two parents. However, if necessary, one parent may be given the ability to cast a deciding vote in major decisions.

Time-sharing is the actual division of time that a child spends with each parent. There is no longer any set standards, and can vary greatly depending on your unique situation. It is up to you and the other parent to determine a time-sharing agreement that works for you, which will then be entered into the courts as an enforceable order.

Child Custody Enforcement, Modification, & Relocation

If you need assistance obtaining custody, modifying or enforcing custody arrangements, or with obtaining approval to relocate with your child, we can help. Our attorneys are skilled in all types of child custody matters, and are ready to assist you.

FREE Consultation with St. Petersburg Child Custody Lawyer

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