child custody and visitation explained


Child custody and visitation decisions are usually the most important aspects of a divorce proceeding or paternity case. The children's best interest is a priority of mine. They are the most imporatant result of your previous relationship.


Whether you are seeking custody and visitation within the context of a divorce or not, my firm can provide the guidance and information that you need in order to make educated decisions about your case. I am skilled at providing advice regarding an award of custody in your particular situation. I encourage clients to resolve custody and visitation matters through negotiation and mediation. Only through reaching a voluntary agreement can clients be a part of the decision making process. If the parties cannot agree, custody and visitation will be decided by the court and the parties will have to live with it whether it works for them or not. In instances where an agreement cannot be reached, I am skilled and effective at presenting issues and arguments relating to child custody and visitation to the Court in an effort to promote an outcome that meets the best interests of my clients and their children.


In establishing how custody and/or parental responsibilities are to be shared, a court must determine the following factors:


  • The primary and secondary residence of the children


  • Whether substantial contact or rotating custody is appropriate

  • What the visitation schedule will be and

  • Shared decision making

Shared Parental Responsibilities


In Florida, shared parental responsibility is not the same as joint custody. The legislature has determined that both parents should be fully involved in the lives of their children. I can explain how shared parental responsibilities may factor into your custody case and how they would affect the lives of your family members. We can also discuss how residential care is determined and how that may impact your current situation.


If you are in need of an attorney with child visitation experience, contact for a free consulation today.


The material on this page represents general legal advice. Since the law is continually changing, some of the provisions contained here may be out of date. It is always best to consult a family law attorney about your legal rights and responsibilities regarding your particular case.