Arthur J. Grossman and the Orlando child custody lawyers with Leap Frog Divorce understand the challenges and the mix of emotions that surround any divorce, and that emotion and stress are dramatically increased whenever children are involved.
Marriages can end for a variety of reasons. You might believe that your spouse is a bad partner, or at least a bad partner for you. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they will be a bad parent to your children. Have you ever thought “my spouse is a great parent, I’m a great parent, and the best thing for my kids is if we both are involved?” If so, we can help! Schedule a strategy session to plan your future today.
OUR PROCESS FOR CHILD CUSTODY CASES
One of the first things our Orlando child custody lawyers do is to sit down with our client and ask a series of questions with the goal of establishing a family history of what life was like during the marriage. Some of these questions could be:
- What is your parenting style?
- Does your spouse have the same parenting style?
- Does your spouse have a different parenting style?
- What worked well in your marriage?
- What didn’t work in your marriage?
- What do your children like to do?
- Who takes the children to school?
- Who takes the children to their doctor or dentist appointments?
- How do parents share parental roles?
These questions are important to help us understand what life was like inside the home for both the client and their children. Once the family history has been established, we ask the client to describe their ultimate wish for how custody will play out. Many clients seek to have shared custody with their spouse, while others wish for sole custody of their children. Regardless of how the client answers, we always work to achieve what is best for the children.
THE ULTIMATE GOAL IS ALWAYS WHAT IS BEST FOR THE KIDS
As painful as divorce is for adults, it is even more so for children. The children should be everyone’s top priority, including not just the parents, but the lawyers and judges as well. After establishing a family history and asking our client what their ideal scenario would be, we make sure to bring it back to the children.
What does your dream scenario look like for the kids? Is that actually the best scenario for them? How do the children benefit?
We all work to minimize the harm and stress put upon children during divorce as much as possible. The ultimate goal is always to make sure the children are put in a situation where they can survive and thrive.
FLORIDA’S CHILD CUSTODY LAWS
Florida’s child custody courts have changed a lot over the decades. While it used to be true that the preference was to give mothers custody of the children, now the state’s preference is to give equal parenting time to both parents. There are three options that Florida judges have when it comes to legal custody:
- Shared Parental Responsibility
- Ultimate Responsibility
- Sole Responsibility
Shared Parental Responsibility is when both parents will work together to make decisions about their children’s lives. Ultimate Responsibility encourages both parents to communicate, but one parent has the final say if the parents cannot agree. And Sole Responsibility is when one parent makes all the decisions without needing to communicate or get permission from the other parent. While many parents want to try and get sole custody of their children because they believe their spouse is a bad parent, Florida law states that sole custody may be awarded if shared parental responsibility would result in detriment or harm to a child.
Because of this standard other law firms often push their client to just accept that it’s unlikely they will get Sole Custody and will push them towards a situation that might not be best for the family. Leap Frog Divorce digs deeper than other law firms when it comes to family history, and works hard to ensure what is the best thing for the children at all times.
HIRE AN ORLANDO CHILD CUSTODY LAWYER TODAY
Long, drawn-out divorces create more conflict which leads to more pain and suffering for the children involved. Contact Leap Frog Divorce today to begin your family’s difficult transition from a single unit to two separate households. The process begins with a one-hour strategy session where we learn about you, your family, and your goals for the future. We serve Orlando, Orange County, and the surrounding communities.