Child Custody and Visitation

At the law firm of Matthew Lane & Associates, P.A., we understand the importance of parenting issues. Our firm is committed to protecting our clients’ parental rights, and helping their children attain the future they deserve. We embrace our responsibility, and take pride in the service that we perform. The cases that we handle are very serious matters, and they are treated as such.

We have extensive experience handling all aspects of parenting proceedings. Our firm regularly handles complex family law issues and high-conflict divorces. We are dedicated to using our in-depth knowledge of the law, and our decades of experience to preserve your relationship with your children. Our law firm has a reputation for excellence, and we will thoughtfully navigate you through the process, with integrity, compassion, and professionalism.

Florida Law Concerning Child Custody and Visitation

In allocating time-sharing, some of the statutory factors that Florida Courts consider are:

  1. the demonstrated capacity of each parent to encourage a close relationship between the children and the other parent, to honor the agreed upon time-sharing schedule, and to be reasonable when changes to the schedule are necessary
  2. the extent to which parental responsibility will be delegated to third persons
  3. the demonstrated capacity of each parent to consider the children’s needs as opposed to their own
  4. the amount of time that the children have lived in a satisfactory and stable environment, and the extent to which it is desirable to maintain continuity
  5. the amount of time that will be spent traveling to effectuate the time-sharing plan
  6. each parent’s moral fitness
  7. each parent’s physical and mental health
  8. the children’s school, home and community record
  9. the children’s preference, if the court determines that the children possess sufficient understanding, intelligence and experience to articulate a reasonable preference
  10. each parent’s knowledge about their children’ lives, including, without limitation, their teachers, friends, healthcare providers, favorite things, and daily activities
  11. each parent’s demonstrated capacity to provide a consistent routine for their children, including their schedules, homework, discipline, meals, and bedtime
  12. each parent’s demonstrated capacity to keep the other parent informed of issues and activities concerning their children, and their ability to adopt a unified front
  13. domestic violence, child abuse or child neglect
  14. proof that a parent provided the trial court with false information concerning domestic violence, child abuse or child neglect
  15. tasks that are performed by each parent before and after the institution of the dissolution proceedings
  16. each parent’s demonstrated capacity to be involved in their children’s schooling and extracurricular activities
  17. each parent’s demonstrated capacity to maintain an environment for the children that is free of substance abuse
  18. each parent’s demonstrated capacity to protect their children from the ongoing dissolution proceedings, and their ability to refrain from disparaging the other parent
  19. each parent’s demonstrated capacity to address the developmental needs of the children
  20. any other factor that the court finds to be relevant
Contact an Experienced Child Custody Lawyer

Call our office at: (561) 363-3400, or contact us online, to schedule an appointment with an experienced child custody and visitation attorney. Our offices are located in Palm Beach Gardens, Wellington, and Boca Raton, Florida.

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