Child Custody Lawyer in Winter Park
Compassionate Advocacy for Child Custody Cases
As a parent, nothing is more important to you than the safety and well-being
of your child. That's why we at
Richard A. Heller, P.A. want to help ensure 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. We can provide you with the
personalized legal solutions that you need and the
supportive assistance that you deserve.
Hire a dedicated Winter Park child custody lawyer from our firm who can effectively defend your case, your rights, and your
child's future. Our firm has been handling
family law cases in Winter Park and Greater Orlando since 1990. 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" as 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 only as a last resort. If you have
reason to believe that your child's safety and best interests would
be compromised should the other parent be rewarded legal or physical custody,
then it is crucial that you tell your 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 litigation, we can assist you in
forming a legally binding parenting agreement to be submitted to the court
The two different kinds of custody are as follows:
Legal custody (Called "Parental Responsibility" in Florida) – responsible
for decisions regarding school, healthcare, etc.
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
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 Winter Park family lawyers 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.
You might also be interested in reading our blog, "Child Support Modifications."
One other issue to consider during 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 arrangement.
Protecting Parental Rights in Central Florida Since 1990
Need an experienced Winter Park child custody lawyer for your case? 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.
Notice: Due to COVID-19, we may schedule telephone and video consultations
and are available via Zoom, Facetime, Skype, and Messenger. Weekend initial
consultations are also available. Please don’t hesitate to call
us if you have any questions!