Finding What Is Best For Your Children: Custody Agreements

When relationships and marriages end, children often get caught in the middle. Even if both parents want what is best for their children, it can be hard to agree on child custody arrangements.

At The Law Offices of George Castrataro, P.A., we help couples with children through the divorce process, including determining a custody arrangement and parenting plan, if possible. However, if you and your ex are unable to agree on custody issues, a judge may need to determine your custody arrangement. In these cases, we draw on a network of colleagues to find the representation you need to move forward with a custody hearing.

How Florida Courts Determine Child Custody And Visitation

Florida child custody laws are intended to protect the best interest of the child. In most cases, this means finding a way that the child can spend plenty of time with each parent, unless there is some reason that one of the parents could harm the child in some way.

Here are some of the things judges may look at to figure out custody, responsibilities and parenting time:

  • The ability of each parent to take care of your child's needs, including physical, emotional and educational needs
  • The physical and mental health of each parent
  • The child's current relationship with each parent and any siblings
  • Whether it is important to keep the child at the same school
  • Any history of domestic abuse or substance abuse
  • The child's own preference, if they are old enough to express it
  • The ability of each parent to honor the parenting plan and encourage the child to have a relationship with the other parent

These are only some of the factors courts may consider in determining the custody arrangement that is right for your family. It's important to remember that custody arrangements do not have to stay the same forever. If you or your ex moves, remarries or has another significant life change, you may want to look into modifying your parenting plan or custody agreement.

Call To Discuss Your Situation With A Lawyer

We offer free consultations and encourage people with legal questions to call our Fort Lauderdale office at 954-573-2003 to see if we can help. You may also contact us by email. While we do not typically handle child custody cases ourselves, we can refer you to an attorney who can.