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As a parent, nothing is more important to you than the safety and well-being of your child. At Richard A. Heller, P.A., we understand this concern. That's why we want to help you ensure that your parental rights are protected and your child's interests are safeguarded throughout the divorce process. When it comes to child custody, the law can be extremely complex. As such, we strongly advise you to retain our immediate representation. We can provide you with the personalized legal solutions that you need and the supportive assistance that you deserve.

Hire a dedicated child custody attorney from our Central Florida family law office who can effectively defend your case, your rights, and your child's future. Our firm has been handling divorce and family law cases since 1990, in addition to the many child custody matters that we handle. We understand Florida law when it comes to these situations, and we know what it takes to help you effectively pursue the future that you need for your child.

Child Custody Law in Florida

In Florida, the court is most interested in the "best interest of the child." This is the determining standard for child custody cases. While a number of different factors will play into the judge's final decision, whenever possible, both parents will be involved in the child's upbringing to some degree. Sole custody is sometimes granted, but it is only considered as a last resort. If you have reason to believe that your child's safety and best interests would be compromised should his or her other parent be rewarded legal or physical custody, then it is crucial that you tell your Orlando child custody lawyer about your concerns.

The court's final decision will outline the parenting time schedule, assuming that shared physical custody is awarded, and other important aspects of the future parenting plan. If you and your spouse wish to avoid family law litigation, we can assist you in forming a legally binding parenting agreement to be submitted to the court for approval.

The two different kinds of custody are as follows:

1. Legal custody (Called "Parental Responsibility" in Florida) – responsible for decisions regarding school, healthcare, etc.

2. Physical custody (Called "Time-sharing" in Florida") – where will the child be physically present whether sole or shared parenting.

Modifications to Child Custody

While it is certainly helpful to have a specific parenting plan in place, sometimes these need to be altered to accommodate significant changes in the parents' and children's lives. In order to modify the current child custody agreement, you will need to show substantial change in circumstances, and the judge will have to make this finding and change the agreement or order. Our Orlando family law attorneys know what it takes to achieve results, as we have helped numerous couples obtain the modifications that they needed in the past. We can work to do the same for you.

One other issue to consider in child custody rulings is whether or not the other parent will adhere to the plan. If you believe that the other parent is considering leaving the state without permission or otherwise violating the judge's ruling, you need the help of a lawyer. We can work alongside you to seek that the judge specifically orders the other parent not to remove the child from the state without permission. We can also help you to enforce the current order if the other parent fails to uphold their end of the custody arrangement.

Protecting Parental Rights in Central Florida Since 1990

Need a lawyer for your child custody case in Orlando? Richard A. Heller, P.A. has more than 20 years of experience helping clients throughout Central Florida achieve the resolutions they need and deserve. Family law litigation can be painful, but we understand that these are the cases that often have the most at stake and, therefore, require the most attentive representation. We are prepared to offer the advocacy and counsel your deserve.

Call Richard A. Heller, P.A. today at (407) 501-4052 for your free case evaluation.

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