parents with childrenThis article is being written to begin a series on how Florida’s joint child custody laws impact parents in Melbourne and other areas. I consider it important to write on this topic as it is one which often causes confusion between parents. This confusion can, in turn, result in disputes between the mother and the father. The goal of my coming articles is to provide information which people may use to understand their particular predicament. It is also my goal to provide information which will be useful when one is selecting an attorney. If you or a family member are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

I will be addressing several topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will analyze include:

  • Florida’s presumption of joint custody in a legal dispute
  • When Florida Courts will vary from the presumption of joint child custody
  • The impact of joint custody on those wishing to move out of state

There are multiple reasons why I have chosen to address these topics. First, ours is a state which begins each child custody dispute from the viewpoint that the Court should award joint custody. The Court will only vary from this presumption if it is in the best interest of the child for one parent to have primary custody. Second, to establish that primary custody would be in the best interest of the child, the Court will need to consider several factors. These include the nature of the relationship between each parent and the child, the wishes of the child (depending on their age and level of maturity), and more. Third, a parent wishing to relocate out of state when they have joint custody will need to show the Court how the move will improve the quality of life and opportunity for the child.

An important point that I will be making in each of these articles is that it is important to discuss your situation with an attorney any time you are involved in a child custody dispute. Parents often make the mistake of arguing in front of the child or, worse, attempting to withhold the child from one another when a disagreement arises. While it is understandable that one is facing an emotional situation, engaging in such conduct can greatly hurt one’s case when it goes to Court. Having counsel deal with the matter, through the legal process, can help to protect your situation going forward.

I am a Melbourne child custody lawyer who practices solely in the area of family law. I understand that disputes between parents can often involve urgent situations. My office strives to provide the highest level of service in such matters. If you or a family member are in need of assistance then contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. We also service clients in the Brevard County cities of Titusville, Cocoa, Palm Bay, Grant, Valkaria, and Rockledge, as well as in the Indian River County areas of Fellsmere, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Indian River Shores, and Orchid.