Custody and Child Support Lawyer
When a divorcing couple share a child or children together, how they will continue to share those children and make parenting decisions post-divorce is often the most important issue in the divorce – and the most contentious. Pensacola family law attorney Crystal Collins Spencer is one of the top names in Florida law concerning child custody matters. In fact, she argued a leading child custody case in the Florida Supreme Court that dealt specifically with the issue of the designation of a parent for decision-making when the parents disagree over a particular parenting decision. From Pensacola to Panama City, Spencer Law, P.A. helps parents achieve parenting plans and timesharing arrangements that meet their needs and the needs of their children.
Below is a brief overview of child custody and child support in Florida, and how Spencer Law, P.A. can help.
Florida Child Custody Laws
In Florida, child custody goes by the name of timesharing, and a child custody agreement is known as a parenting plan. The policy of the state is for both parents to maintain frequent and continuing contact with their children after a divorce, and to share in the rights and responsibilities of raising a child. However, in all issues involving children, the best interests of the child are always the primary consideration for a family law judge. This means that a judge has the ability to grant custody primarily or solely to one parent alone, when convinced that sole custody would be in the child’s best interests. The authority to grant sole custody includes both the matter of physical custody (the parent with whom the child lives) as well as legal custody (the authority to make decisions regarding a child’s education, healthcare, religious upbringing and other areas of child-rearing).
If the parents cannot agree between themselves on the issue of timesharing, then the judge will make that decision for them in court. Crystal Collins Spencer is your trusted advocate in these matters. She will work with you to create a parenting plan that is workable and meets the needs of all parties involved. If agreement cannot be reached, Ms. Spencer will fight for you in court with the energy of a born litigator who has a deep understanding of Florida custody matters.
Calculating Child Support in Florida
All parents have a legal obligation to support their children financially, so when one parent is given primary custody of the children in a divorce, the court will typically order the noncustodial parent to pay a monthly support amount to the parent with primary custody. The monthly support amount is determined according to a statutory formula that takes each parent’s income into account, and a complete and accurate income assessment is essential to an accurate child support award. We can help in this process by making sure that the other spouse is not hiding assets or misrepresenting income, and by making sure your own financial situation is fairly represented.
Get Help with Complicated Florida Child Custody and Support Matters
Crystal Collins Spencer offers thoughtful, practical advice in Florida child custody and support matters, and provides assertive and affective advocacy in court as needed to fully represent your interests. In Pensacola, Destin, Fort Walton Beach & Panama City, contact Spencer Law, P.A. for assistance with your Florida divorce or family law needs.