Child Custody

Your children are the most important members of your family, and when going through a divorce in Florida, it is extremely important that they are protected.  At the Panama City Law Office, we have always been dedicated to upholding stability in a child’s life.  We want to help you and your children make the transition as smoothly as possible from one household to two.

As of October 1, 2008, a revised statute requires that a parenting plan be in place for all cases involving minor children.  The parenting plan must state in detail how each of the parents will share the responsibilities of raising the child.  For example, a general parenting plan will outline what each parent will do regarding the following responsibilities:

  • Daily tasks
  • Healthcare
  • School functions
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Communication with the child

The best interests of the child are our main priority as Panama City Child Custody Attorneys, and we can help you with your parenting plan to ensure your child is properly cared for in your viewpoint as well as the eyes of the law.  Florida state laws require that child custody based on the child’s best interests is determined taking many points into consideration, including:

  • Length of time the child has lived in a stable environment, and the desire to maintain continuity
  • Moral fitness, mental health and physical health of the parents
  • The child’s preference (if the court can see that the child can make an educated decision)
  • Ability of each parent to maintain a stable routine for the child
  • Any prior domestic violence situations or convictions on the part of either parent
  • Ability of each parent to meet the child’s developmental needs

There are many more facets of a child’s life that the court will look at to determine custody if your case ends up going to trial.  If it is possible to work out an agreement in settlement, we will do everything we can to minimize your legal costs by attempting to cooperate with the other side.

We understand that your choice in a child custody attorney serving Panama City is based on your need for a stable, knowledgeable and competent lawyer who can confidently handle such a delicate issue.  We have the experience and skill that you can feel confident in.  Your family and your children are very important to us, and we will work with you and defend your rights in every aspect of your child custody case.