Naples Child Custody Lawyers
In Florida, child custody is established based on what is in the best interest of the child. Florida custody laws do not favor one parent above another based on gender, instead, courts favor a flexible parenting style. In order to determine custody, courts will review several factors, including the child’s relationship with each parent, each parent’s ability to care for the child and respond to their needs, as well as the emotional and physical stability of each parent. The court can either grant legal or physical custody to one or both parents after these factors are reviewed. Parents who have legal custody can make legal decisions regarding a child’s care, including choices regarding the child’s education, religion, discipline, and medical care. Physical custody, on the other hand, determines where the child actually lives.
There are two types of custody arrangements that parents in Naples can be granted: sole or joint. Sole custody means that only one parent will have custody of the child while joint custody means that both parents will share custody. Parents who are given sole custody of their children will be responsible for both legal and physical custody of the child. When joint custody is granted, both parents will share the legal and physical custody responsibilities, meaning both parents will have to approve of decisions made regarding the child. For situations involving joint custody, one parent is usually named the primary joint custodian while the other is granted visitation rights.
Unfortunately, there are times when one parent tries to limit the other’s visitation abilities or tries to accuse the other of harboring an abusive environment for the child. When this happens, courts may limit one parent’s custody rights unfairly. If you are going through a similar situation or are trying to retain sole custody of your child because the other parent is in fact harboring an unstable environment for the child, Naples custody lawyer Michael Raheb can help.
Protecting the Best Interests of Your Family
When it comes to child custody, cases can be dragged on for months or even years on end. Parents may end up in a bitter dispute, and sadly, those who suffer the most are the children. As an experienced Naples custody lawyer, Michael Raheb understands that family cases involving young children must be dealt with delicately and as quickly as possible in order to limit the stress placed on the child. Following a divorce or separation, even with parents that have an amicable relationship, children can undergo emotional and physical strife because of the changes to their daily lives. Attorney Raheb tries to reduce the tension involved with the case as much as possible to ensure a smooth and favorable resolution.
The well-being of the child is always the most important aspect of the case for Attorney Raheb. He will thoroughly review each parent’s situation in order to determine the best decision for the family and will help you and your loved ones make a smooth transition into your new custody arrangements.
Contact the Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A. today to schedule a no-obligation consultation to discuss your child custody rights and to ensure in a favorable resolution of your case.