How to Handle Child Custody During A Divorce

May 31, 2023 Family Law

Child custody is a hot-button topic in most divorces involving minor children. Determining the best way to handle child custody can involve thinking outside the box to obtain the best arrangement for the parties. However, it is essential to remember that the state of Florida encourages both parents to remain active in their children’s lives and is more likely to approve custody agreements that honor time spent with both parents. Speaking with a family law attorney who understands this is the best way to successfully support your ability to handle child custody during a divorce. 

Speak With Your Spouse

We realize not all separations are amicable. However, to prioritize the children’s well-being, it is important to hold a serious meeting where you and your spouse can openly discuss your objectives for the child custody agreement. Address important child custody issues such as:

  • The number of overnights with each parent
  • Where physical custody will be exchanged
  • After school care
  • Daycare
  • Vacations
  • Summer Break
  • Christmas Break
  • Spring Break
  • Holidays

By addressing all potential scenarios, you can prevent problems before they even occur.

Consult With An Attorney 

Consulting with an attorney will help you to understand your options under the law in Florida. Certain arrangements are more common than others, and your attorney will know what they are and be able to develop new ideas. Counsel can also represent you in mediation. Should your case proceed to trial, a lawyer can represent your interests and ensure that you receive the support you need when in the courtroom. 

Having a lawyer representing your best interests is one of the best ways to handle child custody during a divorce.

Attend Mediation

Mediation is a process wherein both parties to the divorce and their attorney meet together to try and come to a mutually agreeable arrangement. All matters related to the divorce, including child custody, are open to discussion. The mediator has been trained to handle these types of negotiations, and as long as both spouses keep an open mind, a compromise can generally be reached. If both parties and their attorneys sign off on the agreement, a judge will review it, and if they find it agreeable, sign off on it. At that point, the agreement is an order. 

Speak With A Florida Divorce Attorney at Martin Law Firm, P.L.

If you are considering filing for a divorce or have been served with divorce papers, you need representation that you can depend on. At Martin Law Firm, P.L., our attorneys are experienced professionals who can guide you through every step, including handling child custody. With four convenient locations throughout Florida, we are never too far away. Contact us to learn more.