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Naples Child Custody Lawyers

Time Sharing & Divorce in South Florida

If you have children and are considering or are currently going through a divorce, custody will likely be one of the most challenging issues to address. It is essential to involve a Naples child custody lawyer who can protect your parental rights, pursue your custody goals, and protect your children’s best interests throughout divorce proceedings.

For over 20 years, we at Long, Murphy & Zung, P.A. have represented mothers and fathers in complex divorce and custody proceedings across South Florida. Your very relationship with your children may be at stake, and we use our understanding of the intricacies of Florida law to pursue the best possible outcome based on your unique objectives.

Find out how we can help with your custody case by calling (239) 232-2208.

Florida Laws Promote Shared Custody

In Florida, the family law courts promote a shared custody arrangement that provides both parents ample opportunity to participate in their child's life. In fact, the term "custody" has been replaced by the term "time sharing" to reflect this intent to keep both parents actively engaged. In making decisions regarding time sharing, Florida courts are governed by the "best interests of the child." The court considers more than 20 factors to reach a decision.

Some of the factors used to determine child custody in Florida may include:

  • Any current custody or living arrangement, and its workability;
  • Each parent’s mental and physical health;
  • Each parent’s ability to provide a safe home environment;
  • Each parent’s ability to provide for the child’s needs;
  • Each parent’s relationship with the child;
  • Any history of domestic violence or child abuse;
  • Each parent’s willingness to allow contact with the other parent; and
  • How custody may affect parental responsibilities.

Of course, parents can reach agreement on time-sharing plans through negotiation and present them to the court for approval. Doing so helps both parents retain more control over the look and feel of their time-sharing plan, and it makes sense because the parents understand their child's needs much more than a family court judge.

Contact a skilled Naples custody attorney at (239) 232-2208 now to see how we can protect your rights.

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