Gigi Carbonell: An Asssertive Miami-Dade Child Custody Attorney
One of the most emotional aspects of divorce, child custody disputes can quickly tear apart seemingly friendly couples. It’s easy to see why it causes so much conflict: ex-spouses want the best for their children, but they disagree about what constitutes ‘the best.’ Both parties are well aware that the wrong arrangement could prove devastating for their beloved children.
In such high-stakes scenarios, it helps to work with a skilled Miami-Dade child custody attorney such as Gigi Carbonell. Deeply compassionate, she understands the emotional nature of child custody disputes. She also knows what it takes to resolve such issues in a satisfactory (and often mutually-beneficial) manner.
Approaches to Custody
Typically, when people think of custody, they assume the term refers to where the child resides. Known as ‘physical custody’ this can be granted on a sole or joint basis. Legal custody is equally important; it determines who is allowed to make key decisions for the child in question. Note that the term “Custody” is no longer used in Family Court, and has been replaced with “Parental Responsibility”. It is possible (and quite common) for parents to be given shared parental responsibility, but not physical custody.
Florida courts now largely refer to the concept of physical custody as a parenting plan. This change in terminology seeks to better acknowledge the critical role both parents play in raising their children. The parenting plan also includes the specific timesharing arrangements you and your ex-spouse will have with your child(ren).
Factors Influencing Child Custody in Florida
Florida courts take a variety of factors into account when determining child custody. Above all else, courts emphasize the best interests of the child. However, the meaning of ‘best interests’ may differ somewhat from one case to the next. Courts may examine:
- Where the child lives and attends school
- The permanence of the child’s proposed home
- The physical and mental status of each parent
- Each parent’s ability to provide for children
- Emotional bonds between parent and child
- History of domestic violence
- The custodial parent’s likelihood of maintaining ties with the other parent
Modifying Parenting Plans
In some cases, parents can modify plans well after they’ve been formalized through divorce. Often, parents agree to modify these plans due to scheduling constraints, changes in the child’s custody preferences, or in response to a move. While some parents make such decisions without any input from the court, it is always best to inform a Miami-Dade child custody attorney and seek official modification.
As you deal with the complications of child custody in Miami-Dade County, turn to a trusted family lawyer for support. The GCC Law Center, LLC could be a wonderful resource during this difficult time. Get in touch today to learn more about Gigi Carbonell’s approach to resolving child custody disputes.