Handling child custody issues with education and representation

Your child custody agreement—it is a serious and often contentious part of divorcing with children. In truth, the issues surrounding a child custody decision inspire a range of emotions in parents from dread to fear to anger. While making custody decisions are unavoidable, there are ways to prepare yourself for the process. If both parents take such steps, either separately or together, it can greatly reduce much of the negativity divorcing parents often expect.

Education is a major tool divorcing parents can rely on. After all, if you know how child custody decisions are made, you will have a better chance to influence the final decision. Below you will find some of the most important factors Florida courts use to make a ruling in child custody hearings.

-- Child's age and gender-- Evidence of inappropriate parental behaviors (drug or alcohol abuse, violence, or sex abuse)-- The physical and mental health of each parent-- Providing the child with a stable home environment-- Extended family interaction-- The best interests of the child-- Depending upon the child's age, his or her custody wishes

Acquiring attorney representation is also a tool parents can use during child custody decision-making. It is true that some parents can accomplish this without representation, but in many cases going it alone simply does not work very well. Working through attorneys can provide each parent with a buffer zone and often ease the process. If contentious issues arise, an attorney can advise the parent on the best course of action as well.

Only you can know if you need a lawyer to help with your child custody arrangements. However, by reviewing our web pages on divorce and custody in Florida, you can make an informed decision about your attorney representation needs.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • The Law Office of Daniel E. Forrest represents individuals in Fort Lauderdale in high-asset divorce matters. Daniel Forrest is board-certified family lawyer and mediator serving the South Florida area.
  • The Florida Bar - Board Certified | Marital & Family Law
  • AV(R) Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell(R) Lawyer Ratings
  • Rated By Super Lawyers | Rising Stars Daniel Forrest | SuperLawyers.com
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb | Top Attorney Family

Learn More About Your Legal Options

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Suite 1090
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Toll Free: 800-642-8160
Phone: 954-800-5000
Fax: 954-252-4095
Map & Directions