child visitationThis article recaps a series on how Florida’s joint custody laws impact the rights of parents in Melbourne and other parts of the state. I considered it important to address this topic as some people operate under a misunderstanding as to what rights they have, and do not have, as parents. These misunderstandings can lead to additional conflict and can harm one’s case. The goal of my recent articles has been to provide information which will assist people in better understanding their situation. It has also been my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a family law attorney. If you require assistance then contact my office to speak with a lawyer.

I have addressed multiple topics over my recent articles. Issues which I have analyzed include:

There are multiple reasons why I chose to address these particular topics. First, Florida is like many other states in the country in that it begins each case with the assumption that parents should spend an equal amount of time with the child. It is important to remember, however, that this is only a presumption and that the Court will grant a parent primary custody if doing so would serve the best interest of a child. As discussed in the second article of this series, when determining what is in a child’s best interest, the Court will consider factors such as the wishes of the child (depending on their age and maturity), the nature of each parent’s relationship with the child, any history of domestic violence, and more. The third article in this series discussed the fact that a Florida parent may have to make a stronger case, in terms of certain factors the Court will consider, in a child relocation matter. This is due to the fact that the child will have spent more time with the non-moving parent then they would have in a matter where the moving parent enjoys primary custody.

An important point I made in each of these articles is that one should contact an attorney immediately if they are involved in a legal dispute. Arguing back and forth with the other parent, or engaging in self-help, can often hurt a parent’s chances, when the time does come to go to Court. I am a Melbourne child custody lawyer who practices solely in the area of family law. I recognize the serious nature of such situations and my office will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us online or by telephone today to schedule an initial consultation. We serve clients in 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.