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Resolving family law issues

On Behalf of | Feb 13, 2024 | Family Law

Major life events often involve the structure of your family. A marriage establishes the foundation of a family, the birth or adoption of a child expands the family and a divorce will dissolve the family unit. Whether it is by separation or through divorce, when Florida parents are no longer together, there are various family law issues that need to be addressed. Depending on the situation, this could be accomplished out of court, through the assistance of a mediator or with litigation.

Family law issues

At Grossman LeMontang De La Fuente, PLLC, our law firm understands the emotions and complexities that often encompass family law matters. Therefore, our attorneys focus on the needs and goals of our clients so we can work diligently to resolve the disagreements involved in their case.

Child custody and support

If child custody is at issue, it is likely that child support is also at issue. While some exceptions do apply, child support is not only based on the incomes of both parents. The Florida guidelines and formula considers the time-sharing schedule of the parents. As such, child support is dependent on custody and cannot be accurately calculated until the child custody matter is resolved.

In Florida, a parenting plan considers both legal custody and physical custody of the child or children. For parents that agree to a time-sharing schedule and the decision-making process on behalf of their children, this can be drafted and sent to the court for approval. However, if the parents cannot reach an agreement, the court will step in.

There are various factors to consider when navigating a child custody and support matter. If domestic violence or abuse is a factor, mediation might be an unsuitable step to take. If a parent seeks primary or sole physical custody of a child or sole legal custody, the parent may need to demonstrate that this is in the best interest of the child.

A legal professional can help you better understand your rights when working through a family law matter. Having a better understanding of the evidence and documentation needed will not only better protect your rights as a parent but helps ensure the best interests of your child are protected and met.