Determining the Child's Best Interests
As in every state across the country, Florida law says that the deciding
factor in a child custody arrangement is the best interest of the child.
Ideally, you and the other parent can create your own parenting plan in
mediation or a mutually agreed-upon settlement.
As an example, with the guidance of your attorneys, you can set up a legally
sound plan that details: who handles which parental tasks, whose address
is used in the child's school registration, how you will communicate
with your child, etc. However, if you cannot agree on the essential terms
of the parenting plan, a court may have to determine the child custody
When deciding child custody, Florida courts will consider:
- The child's health and safety (Is there a history of abuse or neglect?)
- The child's educational and emotional needs (How involved has each
parent been in the child's daily life, school activities, etc.? What
is the child's custody preference?)
- Your ability to co-parent (How well can you and the other parent communicate
to one another about your children? Does one parent badmouth the other
in front of the kids?)
- Each parent's character (Did adultery break up the marriage? Is there
a history of alcohol or drug abuse? In other words, can a parent's
lifestyle harm the child?)
Even though a family court judge will seek to ensure your child's best
interests, a court has precious little time to truly understand your child's
needs. This is why it is crucial to work with a custody law firm that
will take the time to get to know you and your family, thus presenting
to the court an accurate, compelling case to safeguard your rights to
custody of your child or children.
Whether you are facing a court-decided custody process or are pursuing
an uncontested child custody arrangement, do not hesitate to call our
firm. We offer
24/7 availability to our clients because we know what is at risk in your custody case. Set
up your initial review to see how a dedication to personalized service
can help you.
A Proven Approach to Securing Positive Results
Our goal is to be defined by one-on-one service with our clients, excelling
through a team approach.
A personalized approach: If you want the court to view you as more than a case number, your attorney
will have to do so first. Every client has access to us at all times and
we make it a point to get to know each client as an individual. We also
prioritize becoming well-acquainted with their unique family situation.
Not only does this personal involvement fuel our advocacy, but it provides
us with the information to craft a vigorous defense of your rights.
A team approach: At The Virga Law Firm, P.A., not only does our firm offer over 40 years
of combined legal experience, but we often utilize the collective skill
of specialists to bolster a client's legal case.
Call (850) 257-7086 for Dedicated Legal Support
Looking for compassionate and insightful advocacy? Look no further than
The Virga Law Firm, P.A. No matter how complicated your child custody
case may be, our firm has the knowledge, the zeal, and the legal resources
you deserve on your side. We understand how vital your relationship with
your child is, and we are ready to tirelessly represent you to ensure
your child's well-being and your rights are protected.
Do not hesitate to assert your parental rights - set up your free initial
consultation! Find a Panama City child custody lawyer who is available
for you 24/7.