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Issues Involving Your Children After Divorce
At Cotton & Gates, Attorneys at Law, in Shalimar, we represent parents in Okaloosa County with legal matters involving their children. We have extensive experience helping parents understand their rights under Florida’s family law system. We will guide you through this process and provide personal representation to address your concerns. The amount of time you spend with your child after divorce is important. We understand what you are going through. We will help you learn about all of your options and what to expect during negotiations for time sharing.
What To Know About Child Custody In Florida
Florida law refers to child custody as parental responsibility when discussing a parent’s ability to make decisions for their child. The court puts the child’s best interests first and will evaluate several factors when determining parental responsibility and parenting plans. Some of the factors include:
- Each parent’s ability to care for the child
- Each parent’s mental and physical health
- Each parent’s role in raising the child before the divorce
- The child’s wishes
It is important to discuss your case with us right away. We will protect your rights and advocate for your interests so you can maintain your relationship with your children.
Determining A Fair Amount Of Child Support
Child support is determined by each parent’s income and ability to pay for things like health insurance, medical expenses, child care and other expenses related to raising a child. A modification of child support can be requested by either party if there has been a significant change of circumstances. This may be the loss of a job, health issues or other matters that affect a parent’s ability to pay child support or require an increase in support payments. Our divorce lawyers will educate you about child support calculations and help you understand what options are available to modify your order. We will be there every step of the way, providing compassion and trusted guidance during your case.