Tampa Child Custody Attorney
If you are getting divorced or have ended a relationship with your child’s other parent, you will need to determine how you will share both physical and legal custody of your child. Physical custody refers to the time the child physically spends with one parent or the other, while legal custody sets out how the parent will share the responsibility of making important decisions for the child’s life. Both parts of a custody determination are important and you should always make sure you have an experienced Tampa child custody attorney protecting your parental rights. At the law firm of experienced attorney Paul E. Riffel, we understand how important it is to preserve a relationship with your child whenever possible and will stand up for your legal rights as a parent throughout your custody case.
Provisions Included In A Child Custody Order
Custody orders and parenting plans can involve many different determinations related to parenting, including the following:
- Where will the child live and when will they live there? Who will have the primary and secondary residences?
- If you agree to shared physical custody, what is the timesharing and visitation schedule?
- Who can make decisions for the child regarding health care, education, extracurricular activities, religious practice, and similar aspects of their life?
- How will disputes regarding schedules or important decisions be resolved?
A strong parenting plan can help ensure that the parents will cooperate in a civil manner to continue raising the child in the best possible way.
Courts Consider The “Best Interests Of The Child”
It is always preferable for parents to agree on a parenting plan and timesharing schedule without the intervention of the courts. However, courts will review the proposed plan and will have to determine that the plan is in the best interests of the child prior to approval. Similarly, if parents cannot agree, a court will design a custody plan based on the best interests of the child–not the needs or wants of the parents. Some factors considered can include:
- The emotional and physical needs of the child and each parent’s ability to meet those needs;
- Physical and mental health of each parent;
- The willingness and ability of each parent to encourage a relationship with the other parent;
- Maintaining a stable environment for the child;
- The geographic location of the parents in relation to schools, churches, or other community aspects;
- Each parent’s willingness to be active and involved in the child’s life and activities;
- Morals of each parent and any questionable conduct;
- History of violence or abuse by either parent; and
- Any other factors that the court deems relevant to the custody determination.
Call A Tampa Child Custody & Timesharing Attorney For Help Today
Family law attorney Paul E. Riffel has over 30 years of legal experience and regularly helps parents protect their custody and time-sharing rights. We can help demonstrate that a custody arrangement is in the best interests of your child so that you receive a fair timesharing and parenting plan. Please do not delay in calling 813-265-1185 to schedule an appointment with our Tampa timesharing & child custody attorneys today so we can begin help you as soon as possible.