Child Custody Guiding You Through the Legal Process

Lake County Child Custody Lawyer

Protecting Your Rights in Tavares and Beyond

While any part of a divorce case is prone to be filled with a wide range of intense emotions, there is probably no area as ripe for conflict as that which deals with child custody. In any divorce or family law matter involving children, emotions are bound to bubble over between the disputing parties precisely because the parents want the best for their children, but cannot agree on the best approach to meet this need. As a compassionate Lake County child custody attorney, I believe that solving the matter in the most efficient way possible is critical to the welfare of the child.

Making the transition is not always easy, but the Law Office of Michael E. Golub is here to help. I'm passionate about my clients' well-being, and will do everything in my power to minimize the stress and uncertainty you're facing.

Call me today at (352) 290-2877 so I can answer your questions.

Distinguishing Between Types of Custody

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.

Establishing a Practical Child Custody Plan That Works for Your Family

It is permissible for parents to reach an agreement assigning ultimate responsibility for certain aspects of a child's upbringing to one parent. Prior to entering 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. The court may also order that one parent assume responsibility for major decisions regarding the child. There are several areas where the custodial parent must be willing to take responsibility in relation to the child's well-being.

Some of the covered areas that directly contribute to decisions toward a child’s future include:

  • Education
  • Religion
  • Social and communal groups
  • Healthcare
  • Extracurricular activities

How Does the Court Determine What Is in a Child’s Best Interests?

Of course, both parties in a divorce believe that they are looking out for what would benefit their child. However, a judge must examine a wide variety of components to determine where the child should live.

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 in Lake County for assistance with establishing or modifying 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

Put my years of experience and extensive family-law knowledge to work for you. Following a divorce, it is imperative that you maintain a sense of normalcy and stability for your children. The Law Office of Michael E. Golub P.A 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 my firm now at (352) 290-2877 or contact me online to schedule a free 15-minute consultation to discuss your case. For your convenience, I offer evening and weekend appointments at my Clermont and Tavares offices.

Testimonials

Former Clients Share Their Stories
  • “Mr. Golub showed great discernment in the situation and knew exactly what he needed to do for the well-being of his client.”

    - Lynda
  • “He was so aggressive and got our story of what had truly happened heard and they were ordered to return him immediately. I was extremely impressed at the way he fought for us.”

    - Former Client
  • “Mr.Golub took what was a seemingly impossible overwhelming situation and pushed the easy button. His prices were more than fair for the amount of headache I didn't have. Thank you Mike Golub.”

    - Carmen S.
  • “Michael and his team did a great job with my bankruptcy! They are very knowledgeable about the process and supported me through out it. He is even well known and respected by the court system.”

    - Jim
  • “We appreciate Mr. Golub so much. He helped us get our child right back when DCF wrongly took him. He went out of his way to meet with the Judge with us on Saturday Morning. We would recommend him to anyone and we greatly appreciate him and his staff.”

    - James
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