The Law Office of Taryn G. Sinatra has expert experience representing our clients in West Palm Beach as their child custody attorney. We are well-versed in matters such as child custody agreements and visitation, which are liable for fierce contentment and being emotionally draining. We have a thorough understanding of the difficulties that can arise in these situations as board-certified family law child custody specialists.
Legal and physical custody are the two types of child custody recognized in West Palm Beach. Joint legal custody allows parents to share the responsibilities of making important decisions about their children in West Palm Beach and Lake Worth. Joint physical custody is when a child splits where they live between the parents. Should one parent have the child for more than half the time, he or she may be considered the primary custodial parent in West Palm Beach. The court will award joint legal custody, but not joint physical custody in some West Palm Beach cases.
Florida courts in West Palm Beach and Lake Worth focus on the best interests of the children when determining visitation and child custody agreements. Determining the best interests of the children may require a complicated analysis of issues that are very emotional for all family members. The court in West Palm Beach tries to maintain the “status quo,” or the conditions in West Palm Beach that existed before the divorce.
Custodial timeshare is the amount of time you will spend with your child. On average, visitation schedules cover not only daily activities, but also holidays and summer vacation. Custodial timeshare directly affects how much child support an individual must pay or may receive. A part of the custodial timeshare calculation is hours spent during visitation. The courts in West Palm Beach and Lake Worth usually require parents to meet in mediation to try to resolve child custody issues before the court issues a custody order. It is important to prepare for mediation with your child custody attorney because its impact on court orders varies from county to county in Florida. In West Palm Beach, if you cannot reach an agreement through mediation, the court will most likely proceed with a hearing with your custody attorney.
In some cases, involving allegations of questionable parenting conduct, mental health issues, substance abuse, or because one of the spouses requests it, the court may order an evaluation for child custody on its own in West Palm Beach. A judge in West Palm Beach may appoint a child custody lawyer for the children in the event of a, particularly difficult custody battle.