Child Custody Attorney in Pasco County, Florida
New Port Richey Child Custody Law
I’ve been a family law attorney in Florida courts for more than three decades, and when it comes to establishing, retaining, improving or modifying custody arrangements for families during and after a separation or divorce, I know child custody law and what the courts in Pasco County need to know to make custody decisions.
As a Child Custody Attorney, I know that Pasco County judges follow our states Child Custody Law and try hard to make sure that families remain as stable as possible for the sake of the children, even after a divorce. Many couples are able to see past their differences and develop a framework that courts can use to establish the custody agreement (also called a parenting time agreement), but in the heat of a bitter divorce proceeding, it’s important to have a clear plan of action. If you have concerns about the fitness of your former spouse, it’s important to have documentation for your Child Custody Lawyers to substantiate any allegations.
Courts are extremely invested in understanding:
- Which parent may do a better job of encouraging the child’s continuing relationship with the other parent. In general, courts want to keep children with the parent who is most likely to promote a healthy relationship between the children and both parents.
- The stability of the home environment. Courts have a preference for placing the child in an established, stable home.
- The established ties between the parents and the child. Courts take into consideration the existing relationship between the parents and children.
In addition, any sign of abuse, neglect, mental health concerns, or issues of moral fitness will play heavily into the court’s decision.
Child Custody Law
Florida offers three general types of custody. The most common custody arrangement is Shared Parental Responsibility.
In this scenario, children have a primary residence with one parent, but spend agreed-upon amounts of time living with the other parent at his or her residence. Parents share equal responsibility for major decisions related to the children.
A second, more rare arrangement in Pasco County, is Rotating Custody (sometimes referred to as joint custody). In this scenario, children live with one parent, then live with the other in rotation. Parents work together to make decisions for their children. This approach is unusual, but in some cases courts will agree with a couple that this approach is best for the children.
The third and least common approach is Sole Parental Responsibility, where one parent has full custody of the children and makes decisions for them without input from the other parent.
Sole Parental Responsibility is usually granted when there are issues of parental fitness, a history of abuse, criminal history, or other reasons for the courts to strongly believe that the best interest of children is served by strictly limiting exposure to one parent.
Child Custody Lawyers
If you are struggling with a child custody dispute in Pasco County, even an order from another state, call Dale Bernstein Law today at (727) 478-3250 for a consultation. If your children are worth the best Best Child Custody Lawyer possible, make sure I am on your list to talk to.
I work with you to develop a custody plan that fits your needs, then negotiate with the other party in hopes of achieving an amicable agreement. If a fair resolution can’t be had through negotiation, I have 30 years of experience with Child Custody Law in Florida family law courts and am an affordable child custody attorney that is a passionate, ethical advocate for all of my clients. And if you need a modification to an existing child cusotdy agreement, or you’re a grandparent with custody, or in the military, I can assist with that as well.