During the divorce process, you may feel overwhelmed with the important decisions that need to be made concerning the matter of child custody. It is understandable why you would feel this way—the decisions you make now will have great impact on the relationship with your child and on his or her wellbeing. At Richard A. Heller, P.A., we understand how crucial this stage of your divorce is, which is why we are here to guide you through the process. Here are a few of the ways our Orlando family lawyers assist you when you are dealing with a child custody matter:
Reaching a Favorable Custody Agreement—Even if you and your child's other parent decide to reach your own child custody agreement, you should still have a knowledgeable attorney by your side. One of our attorneys can help you make sure that the other parent is dealing fairly so that you do not get cheated out of the visitation or child custody rights you rightfully deserve. We can help you work with the other parent to set up a solid parenting plan, which outlines the time-sharing and other important terms of the agreement. In some cases, parents reach their own custody agreements through mediation after they are ordered to do so by the court.
Fighting for Custody in Court—If you and your spouse cannot reach a child custody agreement, it will be necessary to take the matter to court. We can help you file the appropriate paperwork and present evidence as to why you should be granted the visitation or custody rights you are seeking. It will be necessary for you to convince the court that granting you custody will be in the child's best interests. These types of family law disputes tend to turn ugly pretty quickly, so it is vital that you secure strong legal representation for your case.
Getting an Existing Custody Order Modified (or Contesting a Modification)--Just because you get a child custody order secured by the court, this does not mean this is the end of your custody issues with the other parent. There may be times when one parent wants to get an existing child custody order modified. If the parents cannot agree on the modification, the parent who is requesting the change must prove that there are substantial circumstances that justify a modification. We can help you request a modification or challenge such a request made by the other parent.
Secure strong legal representation when you are dealing with a child custody matter! Contact Richard A. Heller, P.A. so we can offer you a free consultation. We more than 45 years of combined legal experience that could be highly beneficial to your case!