Gainesville Child Custody Lawyers

At Arroyo & Talbert, P.A., our lawyers represent both married and unmarried parents in child custody matters. We understand just how hard it can be to create a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the child, while still giving each parent the opportunity to spend meaningful time with his or her children.

In each child custody dispute, we will talk extensively with you in order to help you understand what is possible and what is not possible under the law. Once you understand what we can do in your case, we will act decisively to help you establish a parenting plan that meets your and your child's needs. Contact us today at Arroyo & Talbert, P.A.

How Does Child Custody Work In Florida?

Under Florida law, courts will generally want parents to share parental responsibility. Under a shared responsibility plan, each parent will have the right to make decisions as to the child's education, religious upbringing, health and other parts of a child's well-being. It is very rare for one parent to have sole parental responsibility, and it will usually only happen if there is evidence to show the other parent is unfit.

In addition, terms such as visitation have fallen out of favor. Visitation is now known as time sharing, and courts will strive to give each parent meaningful time with his or her children. The days when courts would routinely grant one parent the majority of the time with the children and the other parent every other weekend with the child are long gone. Today, courts will, whenever reasonable, divide parenting time as equally as possible. The overriding consideration in all instances is determining what is in the best interests of the child.

Our Gainesville child custody attorneys will look closely into the specifics of your situation to help you develop a parenting plan that meets your child's needs. We try to resolve child custody disputes through negotiations whenever possible, although if litigation is necessary, we can make a strong case on your behalf.

Contact Arroyo & Talbert: Gainesville Time-Sharing Lawyers

Call 352-519-4138, or complete our online contact form to schedule an appointment. From our office in Gainesville, we represent clients in Ocala, Lake City and North Central Florida.

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