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Advocates for Your Family

Fort Myers Child Custody Lawyer

Fighting for your parental rights in a divorce? Call (239) 970-6844!

In Florida, family law courts no longer use the term “custody”, but prefer to use the term “parental responsibility” in divorce proceedings. This parental responsibility can be an either sole or shared arrangement. In a sole parental responsibility case, where just one parent makes decisions concerning the child, the court will still create a timesharing arrangement that allows both parents to continue their relationships with the child.

4 Reasons to Call Our Fort Myers Custody Attorney

  1. We put 54 years’ collective experience on your side
  2. Our firm is known for tireless advocacy
  3. An attorney from our team will work directly with you throughout
  4. We develop a customized legal strategy for each client

If you are currently involved in a divorce, talk to a qualified Fort Myers divorce attorney about your situation. At Your Advocates, we are compassionate professionals who will be with you throughout the entire legal process. We will never pass you off to a paralegal or assistant; you will work directly with one of our experienced attorneys.

Call (239) 970-6844or submit out our online contact form to schedule your free initial consultation!
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Child Custody Decisions in Florida

In Florida, the judge will prioritize the child's best interests above all else when making parenting responsibility choices. This can include factors ranging from the physical health of the parents to the child's own preference if he or she is old enough. In general, the court wants the child to be in a nurturing, healthy, committed environment where he or she can flourish mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Some factors the courts will explore when making decisions about custody include:

  • Evidence that the parents can provide a structured routine for the child
  • Willingness of each parent to support and encourage a relationship between the child and the other parent
  • Cooperation between parents regarding timesharing, communication about the child's welfare, and understanding when changes take place
  • Ability of each parent to be actively involved in the child's daily life (e.g., schooling, friendships, medical care,
    activities, etc.)
  • Living conditions at each parent's home
  • Any history of domestic violence, child neglect, sexual abuse, or similar crimes

Types of Child Custody in Florida

There are two basic ways that child custody can be arranged in Florida. If custody is given to one parent, it is considered sole custody. If both parents share responsibility, it is joint custody. In some cases, one parent will be awarded legal custody while the other parent receives primary physical custody.

Legal custody allows the parent to make the important decisions for the child’s life, such as the following:

  • Education
  • Religion
  • Medical
  • Disciplinary methods

The parent with physical custody will have the child live with him or her.

Experienced Fort Myers Custody Lawyer on Your Side

Child Custody Attorney in Fort Myers, Florida

Before your parental responsibility hearing, you should collect as much information as you can to assist the judge in evaluating all these factors. You will want to be fair and honest about yourself and the child's other parent.

A qualified lawyer can help you gather the right form of supporting evidence and present it in the best way possible for your own benefit, and for the well-being of your child. Let us advise you throughout your divorce process so that you have as many options as possible.

Set your case in motion today with a free case evaluation. Or contact us today to learn more about your legal rights & options.
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Meet Our Attorneys

  • William M. Powell, Esq.
    William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
  • Rita M. Jackman
    Rita M. Jackman Partner
  • Adam J. Stevens
    Adam J. Stevens Partner
  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
  • Jorge Santana
    Jorge Santana Partner
  • William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
    William M. Powell, Esq.

    Although William M. Powell, Esq. is well-versed in a variety of legal matters and case types, he has built a strong reputation through his focus on personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Your Advocates are proud to have him as a member of our law firm. He shares our passion for helping people in need and prioritizes our clients’ needs. Read More

  • Rita M. Jackman Partner
    Rita M. Jackman

    Ms. Jackman’s unwavering ambition and leadership has provided clients and will provide her future clients a star in this profession. Ms. Jackman is a relentless researcher and preparer who handles her client tasks with a tremendous amount of preparation and thought. Ms. Jackman was born and raised in Cape Coral, Florida which has worked to benefits her practice and the clients that she serves. Read More

  • Adam J. Stevens Partner
    Adam J. Stevens

    Mr. Stevens has found his niche by becoming a litigation attorney and understands that communication between an attorney and client are paramount to obtaining favorable results. Mr. Stevens is known for taking on any and all types of cases no matter how difficult or routine they may be. Mr. Stevens is known as an aggressive attorney, though at the same time understands that some cases require a more patience to ensure a favorable result. Mr. Stevens does not shy away from challenging legal issues and has litigated complex matters against municipalities, international unions, large banking institutions, and several insurance companies. Read More

  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.

    His experience in litigation provides him the ability to identify and isolate potential areas of conflict and effectively counsel clients around potential pitfalls. Mr. Ricciardi believes that proper estate planning, real estate counsel, and business planning are areas of importance to everyone. Protecting and dispensing clients' various interests, assets, and lifetime earnings can make the difference between a comfortable retirement and wasting thousands of dollars in assets and earnings. Specialized knowledge, experience and attention to detail in these areas is therefore critically important. Read More

  • Jorge Santana Partner
    Jorge Santana

    Attorney Jorge J. Santana, Jr. is an American born Cuban-American, fluent in both English and Spanish. Jorge left Miami to join us here in beautiful and peaceful Fort Myers, Florida in March 2015. He has an extreme love for the law, which is only overshadowed by his desire to help all those in need. His reputation for fairness, hard work and honesty is respected by all his clients and attorneys. Read More