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Doing What’s Best For You And Your Family For More Than 20 Years

Following a divorce, it is imperative that you maintain a sense of normalcy and stability for your children. Making the transition is not always easy, but the Law Office of Michael E. Golub is here to help. We’re passionate about our clients’ well-being and we do everything in our power to minimize the stress and uncertainty you’re facing.

Establishing A Practical Child Custody Plan That Works For Your Family

Most people are familiar with the terms sole and joint custody. Florida law, however, presumes that shared custody is in the best interests of a child. Shared custody mandates that each parent must equally share the rights, responsibilities and joys of child rearing. The court will only award sole, or full, custody if it determines that shared custody would prove detrimental to the child. A rebuttable presumption of detriment exists if one parent has been convicted of a first-degree misdemeanor or higher involving domestic violence.

It is permissible for parents to reach an agreement assigning ultimate responsibility over certain aspects of a child’s upbringing to one parent. The court may also order that one parent assume responsibility for major decisions regarding the child, including but not limited to:

  • Education
  • Religion
  • Healthcare

Prior to the entering of a final divorce decree, the court requires both parties to attend a parenting class, and some jurisdictions may also require children to attend a class.

How Does The Court Determine What Is In A Child’s Best Interests?

The court will consider a number of factors when analyzing a child’s best interests, including:

  • Each parent’s capacity and willingness to foster a close and continuing parent-child relationship
  • Each parent’s ability and willingness to cooperate with each other in a fair and reasonable manner, maintain honest and open communication and contribute to the consistency and well-being of the child
  • The mental and physical health and moral fitness of each parent
  • The child’s preference if they have reached sufficient maturity and intelligence
  • The anticipated division of parental responsibilities

Child custody modifications may only be made upon a showing of substantial, material and unanticipated change of circumstances. It is vital that you seek the advice of a qualified child custody lawyer for assistance with establishing or modifying child custody orders to ensure that the rights of both you and your child are protected.

Contact A Respected Law Firm For All Your Child Custody Needs Throughout central Florida

Put our years of experience and extensive family-law knowledge to work for you. Attorney Michael E. Golub takes the time to make sure that each client understands their options and has the resources they need to make sound decisions for their family. Call us at 352-742-7777 or contact us online to schedule a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your case. For your convenience, we offer evening and weekend appointments at our Clermont and Tavares offices.