Winter Park Child Custody & Time Sharing Attorney
Keeping The Parent-Child Relationship Intact
For many individuals facing divorce, their main concern is protecting the well-being of their children. When determining a child custody arrangement and parenting plan, most parents want what is in their child’s best interests. There is often disagreement, however, about the proper way to accomplish this goal.
At Cotter & Zelman, P.A., we understand the complex emotions and family dynamics that are involved in any child custody matter. Our goal is to help parents negotiate workable parenting plans that provide the entire family with a sense of stability and peace. We recognize, however, that not all custody disputes can be settled out of court. If you are facing a particularly complex or contentious child custody dispute, our skilled Winter Park child custody attorneys will passionately protect your rights and interests in the courtroom.
Contact us to discuss your child custody concerns with an experienced Orlando child custody attorney. Our firm represents clients throughout central Florida.
Protecting Your Parental Rights
Florida no longer uses the terms “sole child custody,” “joint child custody” and “visitation.” Instead, courts now require a parenting plan with a time-sharing arrangement that details when and how long the child will spend with each parent.
Time sharing is based on the principle that both parents play an equally important role in a child’s life. Therefore, both parents should spend substantial amounts of time with the child and take responsibility for his or her upbringing. With this in mind, courts now favor awarding equal custody and equal time sharing to each parent when possible. In certain situation, however, the court may determine that this arrangement is not in the best interests of the child.
Courts will consider many factors when determining a time-sharing arrangement that will serve the best interests of the child. Some of these factors include:
- Demonstrated ability and capacity of each parent to have a close parent-child relationship
- The parents’ ability to work together to parent the child
- The ability of each parent to put the child’s needs above his or her own
- The length of time the child has lived in a stable environment
- Any evidence of domestic violence, abuse or neglect.
Whether through mediation, negotiation or litigation, the attorneys of Cotter & Zelman, P.A., can help you develop a creative parenting plan that protects your parental rights and is also in the best interests of your child.
Contact Our Winter Park Child Custody & Time Sharing Attorneys
For professional assistance with child custody or any family law matter, call Cotter & Zelman, P.A., at 407-629-4711 to schedule a free consultation. You can also contact us by email. We look forward to speaking with you.