This post concludes and recaps my series on the handling of cases in which a Melbourne, Florida parent is attempting to gain primary custody of their children. I felt it was necessary to write on this topic due to the fact that, while many parents wish to receive a majority time share, they will only be able to do so if such an arrangement is in the child’s best interests. The goal of my last several articles has been to provide information which will help people to better understand their situation. It has also been my goal to provide information which will help people make an informed decision when they are selecting an attorney. If you require assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I addressed multiple topics over the course of my last several articles. Issues which I analyzed include:
- Florida’s laws in regards to child custody
- When Florida courts will grant a parent primary custody
- Why parents must take immediate action in their custody case
- Why Florida views the rights of a father and those of a mother as equal
These were important topics to address. First, our state has laws which are like those in most other areas. These law require that a Judge begin each case with the assumption that a father and a mother should equally share custody. The Court will only deviate from a shared arrangement if it is in the best interests of the child to do so. Second, the Court will look to several factors when deciding whether a primary custody arrangement is in the child’s interests. These factors include the needs of the child, the ability of a parent to meet those needs, whether there is a history of violence between the parties, etc. Third, it is important to take action immediately in their case. Failing to do so can leave a Judge with the impression that the matter is not urgent. Finally, when deciding what is in the best interests of the child, the gender of a parent will have no part in the decision.
One point I stressed in each of these articles is that it is important to contact an attorney immediately if you wish to obtain primary custody of your child. You must present your case properly to the Court and having qualified counsel can assist you in doing so. As a Melbourne family law lawyer I have experience in handling such matters. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also service clients in the Brevard County cities of Titusville, Cocoa, Palm Bay, Grant, Valkaria, and Rockledge, as well as in the Indian River County areas of Fellsmere, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Indian River Shores, and Orchid.