Child Custody & Visitation

Child custody issues typically arise when a marriage is ending, when married partners or unwed parents of a child separate, or after a divorce when child custody family law modifications are sought by either parent.

If the parents of the child, or children are not able to successfully resolve child custody and visitation issues through mediation or other attempts at amicably resolving child related issues, the court will render its decisions based in accordance with Florida law, Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, and what is in the best interest of the child, or children.

The Figueroa Law Firm, P.A., represents the legal rights and goals of those involved in child custody, visitation, or other family law issues in Orlando, Florida, and the Surrounding Central Florida area. For a confidential legal consultation, please call 407-217-1836.

During child custody proceedings, the court will consider various factors to determine what is in the best interest and welfare of the child, including, but may not be limited to:

  • The emotional ties existing between the parents and the child

  • Each parent's mental and physical health

  • The moral lifestyle of each parent

  • Each parent's ability to provide for the child's needs on a daily basis

  • Which parent is more likely to conform to court orders by allowing contact between the child and the parent which does not have primary residential care

When the primary residential parent wants to move 50 miles or more, or out of State, child custody and visitation issues may be even more complicated. One of the purposes of Florida's Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act is to address and deter child custody controversy and to promote cooperation between States to ensure child custody and visitation proceedings are conducted in the home state of record for the child.

Removing a child to another State temporarily or permanently without the court's authorization may be considered parental kidnapping or a violation of other Florida Laws.

If either party's financial standing or other relevant factors significantly change, either party may petition the court to seek a modification of the standing child custody court order. This is considered a post-judgment child custody, or visitation modification.

A modification regarding court-ordered child custody or visitation may also be negotiated through mediation, and if agreed upon by both parties, the child custody — visitation modification must still be made official by asking the court to agree and sign-off on the child custody — visitation modification agreement.

Hiring experienced child custody attorneys may provide you the best opportunity to achieve your desired outcome, or a fair and reasonable resolution.

If you require professional legal services regarding child custody, visitation, or other family law issues, be proactive in protecting your legal rights by seeking the legal advice of an experienced Orlando child custody attorney. Contact The Figueroa Law Firm, P.A., by calling 407-217-1836 or use our online case submission form to schedule a confidential legal consultation.