Experienced Child Custody Law Firm in Central Florida
Ending your marriage can be especially difficult if you have children. Once you have made the decision to divorce, it is important to choose a Central Florida family law attorney who has experience handling child custody cases.
Longwood child custody lawyer Stanley M. Silver, Jr., Attorney at Law, P.A. has assisted families in child custody matters for more than 25 years. Our firm understands how much your children mean to you. We fight to protect your parental rights and secure the sole or shared parental responsibility agreement that best fits your situation and your child’s needs. We handle your custody case at every stage – from the initial ruling through any necessary modifications.
Determining Child Custody in Florida
Two types of child custody arrangements exist in Florida: sole parental responsibility (sole custody), and shared parental responsibility (joint custody).
Florida law typically favors shared parental responsibility unless evidence exists that it would be detrimental to the child. The court may consider the preferences of the parents and grant one party the responsibility over specific aspects of the child’s welfare. Or it may divide those responsibilities between the parties based on the best interests of the child. This may include education, health care and any other responsibilities the court deems necessary.
In determining the best interests of the child, the court considers several factors, such as:
- Home and school history
- Existing bond with each parent (including which parent is the primary caregiver)
- Preference, if the court deems the child to be of sufficient age, intelligence, understanding and experience to express a preference
- Ability to provide for the child
- Ability to handle the child’s emotional and developmental needs
- Mental, physical and moral status
- Willingness to support and facilitate the child’s relationship and contact with the other parent
- Parenting plan (how responsibilities will be divided, including other caregivers who may be involved, such as a nanny)
As well as:
- Continuity of the child’s situation
- The stability of the proposed home
- Any history of domestic violence or child abuse by either parent
Stanley M. Silver, Jr., Attorney at Law, P.A. stands ready to assist you in your child custody case.
Contact Our Longwood Divorce Law Firm Today
Child custody matters require a knowledgeable Central Florida child custody attorney. Stanley M. Silver, Jr., Attorney at Law, P.A. has more than 25 years of experience representing parents and guardians in child custody cases in Central Florida. Call his Longwood child custody law firm today at (407) 869-1616 to schedule a consultation.