Child Custody Attorney in Jacksonville, FL
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- Nearly 25 Years Of Experience
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- Certified Family Law Mediator
Children are a precious and significant part of any family. In most
divorce cases involving children, it is important that both parents maintain a
high level of communication and relationship with their child. When a
court makes any decision regarding children, whether it is custody,
visitation, the determining factor should reflect the best interest of the child.
Factors Affecting Custody
There are many factors that affect the determination of child custody.
If the court grants sole custody, it is often given to the parent who
is the most likely to allow the child a relationship and contact with
the other parent. Other factors that are considered include:
- Who is the primary caretaker of the child and his / her activities
- Moral, mental and physical issues in regards to each parent
- The child's personal preference (if the child is old enough)
Any instances of child abuse or
Many courts desire that the divorcing couple work out these issues on their
own prior to having court interference. It is my belief that parents should
have the ability to make this decision, if they are able to come to a
mutual agreement. For optimal results, it is beneficial to enlist the
help of a board-certified Jacksonville divorce lawyer.
Call (904) 849-5183 or
email me today to schedule a free review of your child custody case.
How to Get Child Custody
When it comes to child custody, many parents do not have their child's
interest in mind, but rather their own interest. Obtaining child custody
in Florida is an entirely different process than in any other state. Florida
law has changed from previous models toward one that stresses the importance
of both parents sharing the responsibility for the child. This mutual
responsibility refers to the sharing of responsibility by both parents
to care for the needs of the child after divorce. This responsibility
providing for the child's needs and spending a substantial amount of time with him or her.
Determining a Timesharing Plan
When developing a timesharing plan, the court takes into consideration
many factors concerning both the mother and father. Florida law is specific
on how the plan is created because it strives to uphold the best interest
of the child.
- The main considerations include:
- Parent's mental and physical wellbeing and health
- The distance of both parents from child's regular routine
- The distinct and unique needs of the child at that stage of life
- Willingness of each parent to be involved in child's life
- Parent's ability to encourage relationship of child with the other parent
- Parent's ability to make child's best interests first priority
- Any history of domestic abuse or neglect by a parent
If the child is of a mature age and intelligence, the court can take into
consideration his or her personal preferences. There are many factors
that must be considered when determining a timesharing plan and my firm
can help you have them examined.
Turn to A Board-Certified Child Custody Lawyer
At Charles E. Willmott, P.A., I have the credentials and experience to
help you and your family make these important decisions concerning the
protection of your child.
- I have more than nearly 25 years of experience helping clients with their
child custody issues and disputes.
- I was a former social investigator for the 4th judicial circuit and as
Master of Florida Family Law Inn of Court.
- I am board-certified in my field.
I can present your case to the court in a way that helps the judge understand
what is in the best interest of your child. I spend a significant amount
of time with clients when preparing a
parenting plan in order to develop one that reflects the needs of the entire family.
My experience as a Jacksonville Divorce Attorney gives me an advantage
in your child custody case.
Enlist an Experienced Child Custody Lawyer
There are many
types of custody offered and I believe that it is a lawyer's duty to inform individuals
of all the options available to them. My firm was founded on family values
and I am committed to helping people deal with their difficult situations.
I take great care when helping families through child custody issues and
have the credentials to help you obtain custody of your child if that
is in the child's best interest. For over nearly 25 years, my philosophy
as a child custody lawyer has been to care for the client as if their
family were my own.
I take to heart the cases I work on and fight them as if they were my own.
I can work closely with you to help you craft a parenting plan and child
custody agreement that works for each member of your family. When the
road seems gloomy and confusing, it is important to remember that an efficient
and experienced lawyer can help you craft a resolution that enables the
family to salvage the good in their relationships. My office represents
all individuals from different backgrounds who are trying to develop a
plan that includes the sharing of children after a divorce.
Contact my office at (904) 849-5183 to begin the process of developing a peaceable settlement.