Child Custody Agreements
Child Custody is an extremely difficult area for divorcing parents to face. Parents naturally want to protect the best interests of their children. Many state laws encourage joint custody arrangements, which give both parents the right and responsibility to make decisions regarding the children’s future. The court also determines physical custody, generally giving one parent primary physical custody and the other parent, secondary custody. David Pleasanton is experienced in handling the sensitive issues surrounding child custody. We will represent your interests and attempt to reach an ideal consensus. Our goal is to obtain the optimal benefits for you and your family.
Reaching Child Custody Agreements
When you need to reach a child custody agreement, you may not know where to start. It can be difficult to move beyond the emotions at hand to come to a consensus. David Pleasanton will guide you through the process in a reassuring manner. David will carefully explain your rights, laws, and the legal procedure to you, so that you can fully understand your options.
David will listen to your priorities and concerns, so that he can accurately articulate and address your wishes to the court. We are knowledgeable in all types of custody, visitation, and other issues. David can help you reach sound decisions that guard the future of your children, and your relationships with them.
The Parenting Plan is a document that governs the way the parents interact with each other and the children, including a time sharing schedule. The Time Sharing Schedule will set forth overnight, weekend, and holiday visitations that each parent is to have with the child.
Shared Parental Responsibility is presumed in Florida. Both parents have the right to participate and decide on their child’s education, religious upbringing, health care, and welfare. Shared Parental Responsibility will be awarded by the Court unless one parent is truly unfit.
In deciding issues related to the children the Court focuses on “the best interest of the child” and not what a particular parent might want.
Child relocation is now governed by Statue. The statutory requirements must be strictly adhered to. They apply if the Primary Residential Parent intends to relocate more than 50 miles from their previous residence. A residential parent may not relocate with the minor child unless they first obtain the other parent’s consent or a court order permitting the relocation.