Florida’s child custody laws are dedicated to protecting the best interests of children. You and your spouse may be divorcing for personal reasons, but when it comes time to create a child custody arrangement, your children’s well-being – and not your own – will be the principal concern.
Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show that there were 22 million children affected by divorce in the United States in 2011. More than 80 percent of them spent most of their time living with their mothers. However, the sex of either parent does not influence custody rulings in Florida.
Have you thought about what will happen to your children when your divorce is finalized? Contact a Naples child custody lawyer from the Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A to ensure that the best interests of your children are protected.
Call 866-949-0888 to schedule a free consultation. You can also learn about child custody laws by visiting http://divorce.usattorneys.com/.
6 Ways to Improve Your Child Custody Case in Florida
In 2011, Florida adopted a time-sharing model of child custody. This means that the terms “sole custody” and “joint custody” no longer apply.
The model was designed to encourage both biological parents to spend time with their children, even after being divorced, because this interaction will be vital in your children’s emotional development.
According to Florida Statute 61.13, divorced parents may apply for majority time-sharing or equal time-sharing arrangements. The court will consider many factors when determining an arrangement that complements the children’s best interests, but in most cases, the deciding factor is each spouse’s fitness as a parent.
If you are eager to prove to the court that you are best suited to care for your child, here is what you need to do:
- Interact with your child on a daily basis – and record as many of these activities as you can – to show that you are invested in being involved in his or her life;
- Stay on top of any and all school-related tasks and activities, including parent-teacher meetings, important exams and sports events, to prove that you have an interest in your child’s intellectual and social development;
- Take your child for regular checkups at the doctor and dentist to demonstrate that you are a naturally nurturing parent;
- Encourage your child to attend church groups and all family get-togethers as a way of indicating that you care about his or her moral grounding;
- Spend as much quality time with your child as possible such as on vacations or fun getaways;
- And establish a caring social circle of friends and family who will be able to support your claim that you will be able to provide for your child’s best interests.
If you are getting divorced and have questions about child custody, turn to a Naples child custody lawyer from the Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A. Mr. Raheb will answer your questions about asset division, child custody, alimony and other family law matters.
Child custody attorney Michael M. Raheb will give your case the individual attention that it deserves. Call 866-949-0888 to schedule a free consultation.