When two people in Panama City go through a divorce, they experience a rollercoaster of emotions. Of course, there may be sadness that the union didn't last, but there may also be relief to be free from a broken marriage. Similarly, when a child's parent's divorce, it is also an emotional time for the child, especially if the child's parents are hostile towards one another. Therefore, parents who are pursuing a divorce should try to stay amicable, as they may both still be responsible for parenting together even after the divorce is over.
In Florida, when parents divorce, physical custody of the child and legal custody of the child must be established. Sometimes joint custody is in the best interests of the child. In other situations, sole custody may be more appropriate. If it is in the child's best interests, it may be possible for parents to create a plan for co-parenting, in which they share custody. An attorney can help parents who want to co-parent after a divorce create a custody and visitation plan that is feasible for both parents, and is fair to all involved, including the child.
While it may be preferable for parents to develop a mutually agreed-upon parenting plan out of court, sometimes this is just not possible. When that happens, parents will need to turn to the court and have a judge issue a child custody and visitation plan. Therefore, parents who are divorcing may want to consult with an attorney from the get-go. An attorney can help his or her client negotiate a parenting plan with the child's other parent, but can also represent his or her client in court if necessary.
Attorney Zachary A. VanDyke, PA, has helped his Panama City clients develop child custody plans that are fair and appropriate. He understands that there is no one-size-fits all solution when it comes to child custody, and aims to ensure that any plans agreed upon meet his clients' unique needs. To learn more about child custody in Florida, you can view our family law page.