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Child Custody

Cocoa Beach Family Law Attorney for Child Custody Matters

In paternity or dissolution of marriage cases, Florida law favors joint custody arrangements to prioritize the needs of the children and balance the interests of both parents. Unmarried parents are equally afforded the same rights and obligations in custody matters as divorced couples. Family court judges recognize the importance of both parents maintaining a pivotal role in their children’s lives whenever possible. Nevertheless, child custody remains one of the more contentious aspects of a divorce or paternity matter. Most parents undergoing a custody battle are determined to protect their relationship with their children. Often, each parent suspects the other of wanting to get the upper hand and take control of important decisions regarding the child’s care or well-being.

At The Davies Law Firm, LLC, we employ a solutions-oriented approach to help clients work through custody and shared parenting plans. Our family law attorney, Kathleen Davies, works to get parents the best possible outcomes for their family in all custody cases. We know that every custody case is unique. Call us to schedule a Free Consultation to discuss your options. 

A Lawyer Who Can Handle Child Custody Challenges

Custody issues arising from an unmarried couple, a divorce, or a separation can involve many legal challenges. Attorney Kathleen Davies has built her career on resolving complex legal challenges and creating personalized solutions for every client. She will work closely with you to create an individualized plan for your custody case based on your goals and specific needs. If you have an existing child custody order that no longer works or your spouse is not following through with a court-approved custody plan, we can help. We will ensure your rights and the child’s rights are protected through modifications or enforcement efforts.

Sole Parental Custody

In rare circumstances, a judge may grant parental responsibility and custody to one parent only. There must be convincing evidence that shared parenting would be detrimental to the child’s health, development, and well-being. Some examples are a parent with an established flight risk with the child, extreme drug or alcohol abuse, or a history of child abuse, neglect, or abandonment.  A parent may be incarcerated or demonstrate a psychological or physical diagnosis that precludes their ability to care for a child. In these cases, the court may order supervised visitation to ensure the child’s safety.

Our Law Firm Routinely Helps Clients with Custody Matters Involving:

  • Timesharing
  • Parental Alienation
  • Father’s Rights
  • Paternity
  • Relocation of a Parent
  • Modifications

Crafting Collaborative Custody Solutions

When divorcing or unmarried parents have relationship conflicts, accusations of being an “unfit” parent often arise. The truth is, in most cases, children have the right to have both parents in their lives as they grow up. If both parents can reach an agreement without going to court, they will keep more control over the critical decisions shaping their lives with their children.

Attorney Kathleen Davies studied negotiations and leadership while earning her master’s degree from Harvard University. She is highly skilled and experienced at helping individuals reach an agreement on a parenting plan that is reasonable and fair for all parties. She is also trained as a collaborative attorney and can help you resolve your case without lengthy and contentious litigation.

Prepared To Protect Your Interests in Court

At The Davies Law Firm, LLC, we are always ready to advocate on your behalf in family court if the parents cannot reach a child custody solution through negotiations or mediation. It is common for child custody cases to include allegations of domestic violence and physical or emotional abuse. These cases will likely go to trial, with harsh ramifications for the perpetrator. Our trial-tested attorney will protect your rights while pursuing the best possible outcome for you and your family. 

Family Law with a Personal Touch

Contact The Davies Law Firm, LLC, to help safeguard your relationship with your child, whether you are going through the process of a divorce, having post-divorce challenges, or having paternity issues as a single parent. We can help you plan for successful co-parenting. Attorney Kathleen Davies has more than thirty years of experience as a trial lawyer. She is available to answer your questions during a Free Consultation. Call 855-688-4713 or email us to schedule an appointment. Our office is located in Cocoa, Florida, and we represent clients in Brevard, Osceola, Orange, and Seminole Counties.

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