Child Custody Lawyer | Get Your Chance to Raise & Spend Time with Your Child
Child custody lawyers, like Cheryl Fletcher, are sometimes involved in bitter battles between parents who believe that they are doing the right thing for their child. Some of these disputes arise during the divorce process. Other times, it starts with a paternity case between two unmarried people. How the case starts has little bearing on the outcome. What really matters is how well you can prove to a judge that you are a fit and proper parent and it is in the “best interests of the child” for the court to grant your request for custody.
An aggressive child custody lawyer can make a big difference in whether you win this type of case. Trying to do it yourself in court is a recipe for disaster because the court will expect you to know the law and be able to present evidence on all the factors that the judge will use to decide your case. It’s almost impossible to win when you’re not familiar with the rules.
We Will Help You Understand the Child Custody Process
Courts do not know much about your family but will make big decisions about how much time you can spend with your child and what types of activities you can do together. This can hurt deeply, especially since the judge will not be explaining to you what is happening. Attorney Fletcher will take the time to explain Florida’s child custody law, answer all your questions and work with you on a strategy to help you stay in your child’s life. When you go to court with Mrs. Fletcher, you will have a good understanding of the process and be able to present your case well.
Factors that the Court will use to Decide Your Child Custody Case
Florida gives family law judges a lot of discretion in deciding how to grant custody to two competing parents. The judge has to decide the case by looking at what is in the “best interests of child.” The judge then uses a “factor” test that is set out in Florida Statutes section 61.13(3). The list of factors is quite long but it includes:
- Whether each parent can honor a parenting plan;
- How parental responsibilities are divided between the two parents;
- Whether a parent can act on the child’s own needs rather than his/her own;
- The stability of the child’s current situation and whether this arrangement should continue;
- How far away from each other the parents live;
- The moral fitness and mental and physical health of each parent;
- The child’s home, school, and community record; and
- The child’s wishes;
Putting together a solid case to prove these factors is not impossible, but it can be a challenge. With the right legal help, you can overcome this challenge. Child Custody Attorney, Cheryl Fletcher, has been fighting for mothers and fathers rights throughout Palm Beach county. Speak with her at: 561-507-5772.