Boca Raton Child Custody Lawyers
A Compassionate Approach to Child Custody Disputes
It is hard to involve others in the relationship between yourself and your children, yet having to do so is an inevitable part of a divorce. This is why it is so crucial to find a Palm Beach custody lawyer who understands the emotional aspects of custody and values the importance of timesharing. Feldman & Schneiderman offers a compassionate and supportive approach combined with strong advocacy and extensive experience with virtually every type of custody issue.
Notions of custody have evolved considerably in recent years, reflecting the changing view of the courts — and society itself — about family and child-rearing. In the past, custody was largely a matter of which parent had primary status and which parent had secondary status regarding residency and childcare responsibility. Now, the idea of primary and secondary custody is considered obsolete, and the emphasis is on involving both parents in the lives of their children. Mothers and fathers have equal rights.
We are here to fight for the best interests of our clients and their children. Call us today at 561-392-4400
What is Child Custody?
Child custody is broadly defined as the care, control, and parenting of a minor child. In the past, child custody laws in Florida — as elsewhere — revolved around the questions of which parent:
- Had sole custody
- Had legal custody
- Had physical custody
- Was the primary residential parent
- Was the secondary residential parent
- Acted in the best interests of the child
Joint Custody & Shared Parental Responsibility
In the past, joint custody was the exception rather than the rule, and the secondary residential parent was granted visitation rights. Recognizing that both parents should be equally involved in all important decisions in raising a child and that parents should not have to “visit” with their children, Florida generally grants parents shared parental responsibility of their children and the right to timesharing with their children. Shared parental responsibility acknowledges that one parent may be with the children more of the time but acknowledges that each parent has the right to participate equally in making important decisions for the children. Co-parenting should be the goal after divorce, whenever possible.
We have handled cases in which a parent was unfit or in which certain child-rearing decisions were granted only to one parent, but shared parental responsibility is by far the most common form of child custody in Florida.
Custodial and timesharing arrangements are memorialized in writing by the use of Parenting Plans. These plans address many important issues in child-rearing and joint decision-making. Among issues we incorporate into Parenting Plans are:
- Weekday timesharing
- Weekend timesharing
- Legal holidays and school recesses
- Summer vacation
- Religious holidays
- Modes of communication between parents and between parents and children
- Out-of-state and international travel with children
- Relocations of a parent and the children that could adversely impact the other parent’s timesharing with the children
At Feldman & Schneiderman, our Boca Raton child custody attorneys have successfully litigated countless custody disputes and timesharing schedules and do whatever it takes to resolve custody issues to your satisfaction. However, we strongly encourage our clients to find as many areas of agreement as possible when children are involved in order to avoid long, drawn-out, expensive, and potentially destructive battles. When truly necessary, we involve other professionals such as psychologists, social investigators, and guardians ad litem when custody and timesharing are major issues of dispute, keeping in mind that it is extremely rare for children to be permitted to testify in court.
Call 561-392-4400 to start discussing your situation with our experienced lawyers.