Focusing on the Welfare of Your Children At Alliance Legal Group we realize that child custody agreements are perhaps the most sensitive issue in family law which causes a great deal of stress to all parties involved. We also realize that as a parent there is nothing more important to you than the well-being and protection of your child. That is why we are committed to work with parents to formulate child custody agreements and parenting plans which focus on the welfare and best interest of the child involved. Our attorneys will work diligently to craft a plan that is acceptable to the courts and fair to both parents.

New Florida Legislation on Child Custody Agreements

As of October 1, 2008, a revised statute requires that a parenting plan be in place for all cases involving minor children. The parenting plan must state in detail how each of the parents will share the responsibilities of raising the child. There are now twenty factors a court takes into consideration when establishing or modifying parental responsibility including: Daily tasks Healthcare School functions Extracurricular activities Communication with the child Holiday schedules.

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Factors to Determine Child Custody

In Florida, the primary focus in child custody proceedings is the best interests and welfare of the child. Among the factors a court will consider include: capacity and disposition of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship, to honor the time-sharing schedule, and to be reasonable when changes are required The moral character and mental and physical health of each parent Whether or not there is a history of child abuse The capacity and disposition of each parent to protect the child from the ongoing litigation as demonstrated by not discussing the litigation with the child, not sharing documents or electronic media related to the litigation with the child, and refraining from disparaging comments about the other parent to the child The geographic location of the parenting plan, with special attention paid to the needs of school-age children and the amount of time to be spent traveling due to parenting plan. This factor does not create a presumption for or against relocation of either parent with a child.

Answering Your Questions and Addressing Your Concerns

Do you have questions and concerns regarding the custody of your minor children, including questions regarding the relationship between child custody and child support? Have you been denied visitation rights? Has your co-parent refused to abide by your time-sharing arrangement? Do you need to establish custody with a disagreeing parent? We will work with you to identify factors relevant to child custody determinations and help you to communicate those factors and your situation to the court. Contact Us Our family law attorneys have experience counseling families through this difficult process. Call us today for a free consultation at (877) 560-4440