Visitation Attorney in Lake County
Helping You Establish a Stable Visitation Schedule in Tavares & the Surrounding Areas
The effects of a divorce can affect a child’s emotional, social, and physical well-being. The key to ensuring a successful transition for the whole family is maintaining a supportive and compassionate environment where your child can thrive. The Lake County visitation attorney at the Law office of Michael E. Golub P.A., understands the obstacles and burdens that often accompany the ending of a relationship.
Call me at (352) 290-2877 today to schedule your complimentary initial 15-minute phone consultation.
I am dedicated to helping you create the best possible situation for your child so they may continue to reap the benefits of a two-parent upbringing. Whether you need assistance creating an initial visitation schedule, are seeking modifications to an existing plan, or are having difficulties enforcing the court’s visitation order, I am here to help you.
The Child’s Best Interests
Florida law imputes a rebuttable presumption in favor of shared parenting and custody for all family-law matters. This means that the court believes that it is in the best interests of a child to be raised by two parents who are equally involved in providing for a child’s health and well-being.
The court requires that parents work together to develop a parenting plan that establishes:
- How the parents will divide the responsibility for daily tasks
- How much time a child spends with each parent, outlined in a time-sharing schedule
- Which parent is responsible for decisions regarding a child’s health care and medical needs, educational needs and other activities
- How the parents will communicate with each other
When determining issues of time-sharing and decision-making responsibility, the court gives each parent the same consideration regardless of sex. Both mothers and fathers have equal rights and obligations of child rearing.
Grandparents’ Rights to Visitation
Florida law provides grandparents and great-grandparents with visitation rights under specified circumstances.
The court may grant grandparent visitation rights if:
- The parents of the child are divorced
- A parent has deserted the child
- The child was born out of wedlock
As always, when determining appropriate visitation rights, the court’s primary consideration is the best interests of the child.
The court considers:
- The grandparent’s willingness to encourage a close relationship between the child and parent(s)
- The mental and physical health of the child as well as the grandparent
- The length and quality of the relationship between the child and grandparent
- The child’s wishes if they have reached a sufficient age and maturity
Consequences for Interfering with a Court Ordered Visitation Schedule
In some cases, the level of animosity between parents interferes with a child’s best interests and the court is forced to intervene. Modification of a parenting plan or time-sharing schedule requires a showing of a substantial, material and unanticipated change of circumstances, including parental non-compliance with the plan.
If the court finds that a parent refuses to comply with a visitation schedule, the court has the discretion to:
- Award additional time to a parent that is denied visitation
- Require the offending parent to pay lawyers’ fees and court costs incurred by the violation
- Order an offending parent to attend a parenting class
- Require the offending parent to perform community service
- Impose additional reasonable sanctions
If the parents cannot agree on a shared custody and parenting time arrangement that is in the best interests of the child, the court will establish a plan that must be honored by each parent. The issues that come up during a divorce can lead to feelings of resentment and hostility between parents that inevitably affect a child’s well-being. As a Lake County visitation attorney, I am dedicated to helping families resolve those issues in the child’s best interest, through mediation if possible and litigation if necessary.
Providing Compassionate & Supportive Legal Services for More Than 25 Years
Visitation issues and disputes don’t have to be emotionally and financially burdensome. The Law Office of Michael E. Golub P.A. uses every resource available to resolve your problems amicably and quickly.