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Following a divorce or separation, one of the primary tasks that must be handled is establishing a reasonable and mutually-beneficial child custody arrangement. Custody battles are inherently emotional and often lead to lengthy legal battles if handled inappropriately. At the Law Offices of Mark G. Rodriguez, P.A., my goal is to make the process as seamless as possible for both you and your children while minimizing the emotional and financial stress many families experience. Whether you need assistance creating or modifying a child custody, visitation or parenting plan, as a Tampa child custody attorney, I am here for you.

Your comprehensive guide to child custody arrangements in Florida

In any type of child custody or visitation case, the primary consideration for the court is always the best interests of the child. As a matter of public policy, there is a rebuttable presumption in favor of joint custody and co-parenting. Maintaining frequent and continuous contact with each parent is generally considered to be in a child’s best interest unless the court finds that such contact would be detrimental. With this in mind, there are a myriad of factors that the court considers when making a custody determination. Some of the most important factors include:

– Each parent’s willingness to cooperate and communicate with each other while honoring any court-ordered custody, visitation or parenting plan.

– Each parent’s expected responsibilities following the conclusion of any legal proceedings.

– The moral character, mental and physical health of each parent.

– Each parent’s geographic location with respect to the child’s educational and extracurricular needs.

– Any history of domestic violence, child abuse or substance abuse.

– The child’s own preferences and wishes if he or she has reached a sufficient age and maturity.

If you and your spouse are able to reach a mutually-beneficial agreement delineating custody, visitation and parenting time guidelines, you may be able to avoid significant litigation. To ensure that the court approves your proposed arrangement, you must establish a plan that is in the child’s best interests. It is best to seek the guidance of an experienced Tampa child custody lawyer when you are facing difficult custody matters. I have helped Tampa area families successfully sort out their child custody issues for more than 30 years.

What types of child custody arrangements are available in Florida?

There are several terms that you should become familiar with to help you understand what happens during custody negotiations.

– Joint custody – The court prefers to establish custody orders that provide each parent the opportunity to take part in the child’s life and enjoy the benefits of parenthood.

– Sole custody – In some cases the court may deem a joint custody arrangement as detrimental to the child and award one parent sole custody. The non-custodial parent is usually entitled to visitation which may be supervised or unsupervised depending upon the specific circumstances of your case.

– Physical custody – Physical custody refers to the child’s primary residence.

– Legal custody – Typically, each parent has a right to participate in making major decisions affecting the child such as decisions regarding education and healthcare. In these cases, parents are awarded joint legal custody. In some cases, sole legal custody may be awarded to one parent or guardian.

Whether you need help creating, modifying or enforcing a child custody arrangement, it is vital that you seek the advice and assistance of a reputable family lawyer with significant custody experience as soon as possible to protect your rights.

Trust a reliable and experienced South Tampa child custody attorney to guide you to a successful resolution

The family attorney of The Law Offices of Mark G. Rodriguez is committed to providing a high level of service in a compassionate and understanding environment. Call today to schedule a free initial consultation or contact us online at your convenience. Flexible office hours are available.