Child Custody Lawyers in Tampa

Our Family law Child Custody attorneys have the experience necessary to assist you with child custody matters in your case.

Get assistance from an experienced Florida Child Custody Attorney

During a divorce, if you and your spouse have children under the age of 18, you will be faced with tough decisions about the future responsibilities you have toward your children, where they’re going to live, and how choices that affect your children’s future will be made. We have assisted countless parents in these all-important matters, and we’ll use that experience to assist you as well.

The Family Law Attorneys of Quinn & Lynch, P.A. are ready and able to help you resolve child custody cases, including:

 

  • Parental responsibility
  • Child custody
  • Parenting plans
  • Timesharing arrangements
  • Visitation
  • Relocation

We have many years of experience handling cases of contested custody / time-sharing and understand that these situations are highly emotional. Your opinion on the best interests of your child(ren) will always be heard and understood, and our compassionate legal team will make sure you are thoroughly prepared and made aware of the issues that matter to your case.

We resolve these issues temporarily during the litigation process as well as on a long-term basis following the divorce.  In high-conflict cases, our law firm works with reputable child custody evaluators and parenting coordinators to create a parenting plan that has the best interests of your child(ren) at heart, while doing the least damage possible to your co-parenting relationship so that you can raise them in a healthy and happy environment.

Child Custody Explained: Parenting Plans under Florida Law

Effective October 1, 2008, the law in the State of Florida as it relates to child custody and visitation changed. Prior to the enactment of this New Statute, the Court was faced with determining the primary residential parent and the secondary parent, one who would exercise visitation with his or her children.

Now with the advent of Florida Statute 61.13 regarding  Parenting Plans and Timesharing, in the event that you and your spouse are unable to agree to a Parenting Plan after a divorce, the Court is required to create and implement one that outlines the roles and responsibilities each parent has to each child.

A Parenting Plan is a document created to govern the relationship between both parties and the many decisions that must be made regarding their minor children. The Parenting Plan will need to include a timesharing schedule for the parents and each child involved. The issues concerning children under this Plan include, but are not limited to education, healthcare and physical, social and emotional well-being of the child. In creating this plan, all circumstances between the parties, such as the parties’ historic relationship, any domestic violence and other factors, must also be taken into consideration.

If you and your spouse are unable to agree, the Court must create and enforce a timesharing schedule. The timesharing schedule must be included in the overall parenting plan and specify the times, including overnights and holidays, that each child will spend with each parent.

If developed and agreed to by the parents of a child, the Parenting Plan  must be approved by the Court. If the parents cannot agree to a timesharing arrangement and parenting plan, the timesharing schedule shall then be established by the Court. Our lawyers are here to assist you with formulating a parenting plan and timesharing arrangement.

Helen Brown

I liked that I didn’t have to spend much time around a courtroom. She encouraged an amicable agreement, and that was also the best thing for me. I would be happy to call her if I needed a family lawyer again.

Jeffery Griffin

Mary is a great lawyer. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get as much out of the mediation process compared to a judgement, but I’m glad she guided me toward resolving things that way. I was treated fairly in the agreement. I got most of what I wanted, and I’m happy that mediation allowed us to relieve some of the pressure and hostility that was building up in the divorce.

John Gentle

She walked an amazing balance between emotional supportive and reassuringly professional. I never doubted she was doing whatever she could for me.

Kimberly Lorentzen

Mary Quinn delivered surprisingly fast results when I hired her to handle a child support enforcement issue. Great family lawyer!

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Visitation Rights under Florida Law

The Florida legal system refers to visitation rights in terms of a parenting plan that contains a time-sharing schedule. Unfortunately, dealing with custody and arriving at an agreement about time-sharing is often problematic, which can lead to disputes. A visitation attorney can help you address visitation issues through mediation, settlement negotiations or, if necessary, by taking the custody matter to trial.

Whether timesharing is disputed or not, Florida courts require that parenting plans are as specific as possible about visitation or timesharing. Addressing timesharing factors in the agreement establishes visitation rights between parents. Many courts provide visitation/ timesharing guidelines that a parenting plan should address, such as:

Weekdays

Holiday weekends

Weekends

Thanksgiving

Holidays

Spring/Easter break

Summer vacation

You can discuss your situation with one of our experienced family law attorneys at Quinn & Lynch, P.A. to formulate an optimum timesharing schedule for your children. Long-distance parenting generally requires spending longer periods of time with children, as opposed to frequent shorter periods of time.

Consult with Our Tampa Bay Child Custody & Support Attorneys

Before undertaking a divorce, seeking the advice of our experienced family law attorneys who are skilled in the divorce process is essential in order to protect your assets. Contact our Child Custody and family law attorneys of Quinn & Lynch, to schedule a consultation for representation in a divorce case by calling (813) 223-7739 or contact us online.