Helping Families Create Effective Co-Parenting Plans

Unfortunately, children are often caught up in divorce proceedings, creating an emotionally painful time for them and their parents. Decisions regarding child support and custody may become necessary, adding further complexity to an already strenuous process.

My goal as your Panama City divorce lawyer is to always ensure that the best interests of the child are at the forefront of all decision-making while helping families create lasting and effective co-parenting plans and visitation schedules. I also focus on helping both sides amicably determine the necessary amount of child support.

Call 850-851-0864 or email for your free case evaluation today. Whether you live in Panama City, Port Saint Joe, or Fort Walton Beach, I can be there to help you. Se Habla Español!

Let Our Attorney Help You Navigate The Custody Process

Under Florida law, the two main types of child custody arrangements are legal custody and physical custody, which can be either shared by both parents in a joint custody situation or granted to one parent with sole custody.

It is, of course, always better for both parents to amicably reach an agreement regarding custody. When this occurs, the court will generally approve the decision. However, if an agreement cannot be reached through negotiation, the court will order its own arrangement.

The court may examine the following factors in child custody matters:

  • The length of time that the child has lived in a stable and satisfactory home environment.
  • The capacity of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close parent-child relationship.
  • The capacity of each parent to honor the time-sharing schedule and be reasonable when changes occur.
  • The moral fitness and mental/physical health of each parent.
  • The reasonable preferences of the child.
  • The history of each parent and any evidence of abuse, abandonment, or neglect of the child.

Judges Use Guidelines To Determine Child Support

Due to child support guidelines in Florida, a judge will take into account the cost of health care, child care, needs of the child, and parental income when determining the amount of child support. Once this decision is made, the judge will be bound by the calculated amount and has very little discretion in altering it. However, if a material change of circumstances has occurred over the years, especially with respect to income, parents may be able to seek a modification for payment amounts.

For legal assistance, call me today at 850-851-0864 or send me an email for a free initial consultation. Se Habla Español!