Parents of minor children need to establish guidelines that govern decision-making, residence and visitation for the years that follow a divorce. Though everyone is looking for a resolution that serves the best interests of their sons or daughters, working out specific child custody terms can be difficult. With offices in Tampa and Lutz, Westchase Law P.A., works closely with Floridians who are looking to create the best possible post-divorce environment for their children. Whether everyone is on the same page or serious conflicts exist, we’ll use our skill and experience to develop thorough plans governing parental responsibility and time-sharing.
Our Hillsborough County family law attorneys offer comprehensive legal guidance on a full range of custody matters, including:
Though a divorce might be contentious, we use our skill and experience to keep everyone focused on what is best for your son and daughter and to encourage healthy communication before and after a custody order is issued.
All young people deserve a safe living situation and attention to their social, emotional and educational needs. However, each situation is unique, so Florida law names several factors that should be examined in child custody determinations. A history of parental negligence, substance abuse or domestic violence usually has a significant effect on the outcome. Also relevant are the goals of maintaining continuity for the child and promoting compliance with the eventual time-sharing order. We are committed to establishing a healthy environment for your son or daughter as we help you present the strongest custody case possible.
Without much warning, a job change or family illness might compel a mother or father to seek a modification in the court-ordered parenting plan. Parents who wish to relocate more than 50 miles away must either obtain approval from their co-parent or seek a modification in court. As with other determinations relating to custody, the court will evaluate various factors to see if the move would be in the child’s best interests. If you’re considering adjusting the terms of your parenting plan or have been notified of a potential modification, we’ll act quickly to assist you.
To determine child support under Florida law, several factors are considered, including the income of both parents and how many nights a child spends in each home. Once the obligation is established, the paying parent must make prompt, full payments. The state Department of Revenue’s Child Support program offers many options to bring a delinquent parent into compliance, including garnishment of income, suspension of licenses and even court proceedings.
Westchase Law P.A. represents clients from Hillsborough County and throughout the Gulf Coast in child custody matters and other family law issues. To arrange a consultation at either our Tampa or Lutz office, please call 813-438-7114 or contact us online.