Child Custody Agreements & Modifications in Hernando County
Marriages dissolve, but when two people have children, their responsibility to their kids never ends. At Dale Bernstein Law, my focus in every custody matter is to work with you to develop a clear, practical custody agreement that your ex-spouse can agree to.
In recent years, the Florida legislature implemented reforms to how the courts develop child custody and visitation. Rather than simply awarding custody to a parent, the courts are now in the business of working with ex-spouses to develop parenting plans that indicate how parenting will be shared by both parties. It is now incumbent on the spouses in the action to work together to achieve the most productive agreement possible.
In most cases, this is achievable, and the courts are extremely supportive of assisting couples who are working productively to look out for the best interests of the child. In these cases, parents may develop strategies for Shared Parental Responsibility, where the children live with one parent most of the time, one parent part time, and both parents contribute to decision-making and the financial needs of their kids. In some cases, parents may choose an approach known as Rotating Custody, where children split their time evenly between the two parents, an approach that can work well in some circumstances.
But sometimes a former spouse has other ideas, and in that case, you’ll need an experienced advocate to represent your rights in court. I’ve represented hundreds of Hernando County clients over the last 30 years as they’ve worked in the court system to achieve a fair and equitable custody arrangement that reflects the best interests of their children. I can help you to develop a clear, balanced plan that the Hernando County judges can use as the foundation for a final custody plan.
Sometimes there are problems that go beyond the norm, and the safety and wellbeing of your children is threatened by your former spouse. In cases of abuse, neglect, mental illness, or other significant disqualifying circumstances, I work with you to gather all the necessary documentation to demonstrate the danger your former spouse poses, and help the court make the right decision when it comes to your child’s safety.
My hope is always to create an amicable agreement that keeps the door open to a productive parenting relationship after a divorce is finalized.
Whatever the particulars of your divorce or your current custody arrangement, I can help you work within the Hernando County courts, or with the other party, to develop a custody plan that works for you and looks out for your child’s best interests.
When you need help with a Hernando County custody situation, call Dale Bernstein Law at (727) 478-3250 for a consultation. I can help you understand what the court will be looking for in this process, and help you create the best possible agreement framework.