Child Custody Modifications in Fort Myers
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Divorces and family law cases can become incredibly stressful when child
custody issues are discussed. Powell, Jackman, Stevens & Ricciardi,
P.A. provides skillful representation on behalf of clients who are facing
custody issues, and we may be able to help you, too. When you work with
our firm, we will tailor an approach to your case that will assist you
with protecting your parental rights as well as ensuring that your child's
best interests are safeguarded. If you need legal assistance, contact a
Fort Myers divorce attorney from our office right away.
Why choose our child custody modification lawyers?
- We are backed by 54 years’ shared legal experience
- Your lawyer will work one-on-one with you throughout your case
- Our firm is known for personalized, dedicated advocacy
- We'll create a customized strategy to address your unique needs
Modifying Existing Custody Arrangements
In the event that you have an existing court order for custody and you
need a modification, it is important that you work with an attorney. Child
custody arrangements are a part of the finalized divorce decree, which
cannot be legally changed without the assistance of an attorney and approval
of the court. Modifying a portion of a child custody order can be completed
by working with our firm.
Determining child custody can be difficult, and a family court judge may
take into consideration the following factors whendeciding a child custody or visitation case:
- The location and residence of both parents
- The relationship between each parent and the child
- Any criminal history of abuse
- The income and employment status of the parents
- Medical and educational needs of the child
We can determine whether the modification will be temporary or permanent
and take all necessary steps to ensure that you reach a favorable resolution
in a timely manner.
Proving a Substantial Change in Your Circumstances
Modifications typically can only be obtained if a parent experiences a
significant change in circumstances, such as needing to move for a job
or to be closer to a specific medical facility. As the parent pursuing
the modification, it will be up to you to prove that your changes are
“substantial” enough to warrant the modification.
The Florida court will also assess the situation to determine whether the
modification would be in the “best interest of the child.”
Some of the factors that will be considered include:
- Physical / emotional safety
- Both parents involvement in the child’s life
- Maintenance of family ties
Some of the factors that the court will rarely take into consideration include:
- Child’s wishes
- Violation of a parenting time agreement
- Disparate incomes
Taking the First Step
If you have made the decision to pursue a modification of an existing parenting
plan, you will file a written motion with the court and will need to explain
why the current plan is no longer conducive. You will also have to submit
a proposed parenting plan.
Although parenting plans will be granted by the court, you will need to
provide support to your contentions and your new request. For that reason,
it is important to have a Fort Myers child custody modification attorney
who can back your case.
Contact Our Law Office in Fort Myers Today
Are you ready to get started protecting your parental rights and your child's
best interests? If so, contact Powell, Jackman, Stevens & Ricciardi,
P.A. today! We stand ready to ensure that you receive the best possible
resolution to your situation and that your family's needs are fully
met. For more information about how we can help you,
contact our office to schedule a free consultation today!