FOCUSING ON YOUR CHILDREN'S WELFARE
At the law offiices of Sorkin and Sorkin, PL, in Weston, Florida, we work with parents to formulate child custody agreements and parenting plans. Our focus is on the best interests and welfare of your children and to craft an agreement that is acceptable to the court and fair to both parents.
ADDRESSING YOUR QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS
Do you have questions and concerns regarding the custody of your minor children, including questions regarding the relationship between child custody and child support? Have you been denied visitation rights? Has your co-parent refused to abide by your timesharing arrangement? At Sorkin and Sorkin, PL, we can answer all of your important questions.
FACTORS TO DETERMINE CHILD CUSTODY
In Florida, the Judge has the power to decide with whom the child shall live. Usually, if parents can agree on their own custody arrangements, a Judge will readily approve them. However, the final word on custody always belongs to the Court.
Florida provides for shared parental responsibility. Another way to look at this is as a joint legal custody where both parents share responsibility for the child and make major decisions affecting the health, education and welfare of the child jointly. Usually, the child will live primarily with only the mother or father. Effective October 1, 2008 Florida Statutes no longer uses the terminology of primary physical residence. Now, the parties have a parenting and timesharing plan. Both parents still participate jointly in decision making which affects the child's health, education and welfare.
Of course, a Judge has the discretion to limit a parent's timesharing. The court may also require sole parental responsibility if that parent has been guilty of child abuse, suffers from severe alcohol or drug problems, or other situations that could cause harm to the child. The ultimate goal of the Court is to have a custody agreement that is in the best interest of the child.
AVOIDING A CHILD CUSTODY BATTLE
We know how destructive a contentious custody battle can be and we work with clients to negotiate child custody arrangements and parenting plans. This approach often saves time, money, and heartache, and keeps the children’s best interests first and foremost.
If it does become necessary to litigate these issues, Attorneys John and Robin Sorkin are ready to prepare your custody case for trial to the fullest extent, making use of necessary child custody experts, including therapists, child custody evaluators, Guardians Ad Litem, and parenting coordinators.
For more information on custody, parenting plans, factors concerning children and timesharing, call 800-375-2942 for a free office consultation.