Fort Lauderdale Child Custody Attorney
When a relationship produces children and that relationship breaks down, the issue of parenting plans and timesharing is often the most emotional, contentious, and important matter to be resolved. Fort Lauderdale family law attorney Jennifer Kane Waterway strives to help couples resolve child issues amicably and create parenting plans and timesharing arrangements that are practical, feasible, and respect the needs of the parents and children. At the same time, Jennifer Waterway is an experienced courtroom litigator who goes to trial when necessary to advocate for the rights and interests of her clients.
Florida Law Favors Contact with Both Parents
The State of Florida has declared a policy aimed at ensuring frequent and continuing contact between children and parents following a divorce. This public policy includes both shared decisionmaking and timesharing, so both parents ideally have a say in the children’s upbringing, sharing not only the rights but the responsibilities of the children’s education, healthcare, religious matters, and other aspects childrearing.
Regardless of the age or sex of the child, both mother and father are given the same consideration in determining the child’s primary residence and timesharing. However, the guiding focus for the court in custody matters is the best interests of the child. If the judge believes a shared custody arrangement is contrary to the child’s interests, the judge may award majority timesharing to one parent. When the issues exist, you must be prepared to provide strong, persuasive evidence in your favor to convince the judge of which type of custody is in your child’s best interests.
Experienced Legal Representation in South Florida Child Custody Disputes
Jennifer Kane Waterway, P.A. is dedicated to its clients and their families. We recognize that even though relationships dissolve, family relationships last a lifetime, and ongoing, meaningful contact with both parents is most often the best solution for all involved. If you are going through a divorce or child custody dispute in Fort Lauderdale or South Florida, contact Jennifer Kane Waterway, P.A. for advice and representation from a caring, experienced family law attorney.