Jacksonville Child Custody Attorneys

Let Owenby Law, P.A. Help You Protect Your Parental Rights

Very few legal disputes are as contentious as those involving child custody. When two parents divorce, the family courts regard shared parental responsibility as the preferred arrangement. However, shared parental responsibility can become problematic when the parents do not get along, they are unable to come to a shared parenting agreement, or one believes that the other will be irresponsible, negligent or abusive.

If you are the parent of a minor child in Florida, and you are involved in a child custody dispute with the mother or father of that child, you are going to need an experienced divorce attorney who will fight for your rights. You need a law firm like Owenby Law, P.A. With more than a decade of experience, we have represented thousands of clients throughout the state. Contact us today to arrange your free case evaluation!

How Does the Court Decide on a Child Custody Arrangement?

Florida law considers the best interests of a child in custody case—and so do we. As former legal counsel for the Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program, Joy Owenby spent years representing the rights of children in family law cases. She knows how difficult these issues can be. Under her guidance, our firm works hard to ensure that the needs of children are met while seeking to avoid disagreements motivated by revenge.

Child Custody

When determining custody, the court may consider:

  • The age of their child and their preference (if they are old enough)
  • The ability of each parent to provide for the child’s health and safety
  • Continuity and stability of a child’s education and living arrangements
  • Each parent’s relationship with the child previous to the divorce
  • Each parent’s living situation and ability to support the child
  • Each parent’s willingness to communicate and co-parent

Our legal team focuses on working personally with clients to understand their current situations, needs, and goals. If you have questions about your rights and how you can secure custody of your children or create an acceptable agreement, we encourage you to discuss your case with a child custody attorney at Owenby Law, P.A. We serve clients throughout Jacksonville and the surrounding areas of northern Florida.

Shared Custody Arrangements Are Preferred By Florida Courts

We recognize that most parents who are seeking shared custody of their children are doing so with the child's best interests at heart. The reverse of this is also true. Many mothers and fathers who are trying to deny access to the other parent are doing so because they believe that his or her influence would be detrimental to the child. However, barring a compelling reason to prevent the other parent from seeing the child (addiction, abusive behavior, criminal activity, etc.), Florida judges will generally enforce an arrangement giving both parents access to the child.

Need Help Drafting a Child Custody Agreement? Call Owenby Law, P.A.

At Owenby Law, P.A., our knowledgeable divorce attorneys in Jacksonville, FL can assist one or both parents in creating a parenting plan that is acceptable to the family courts. A joint custody plan should include provisions that address the time-sharing schedule, the daily tasks of child rearing, and the parental authority for medical, educational and travel decisions. The courts will generally approve of a shared custody plan that allows both the mother and the father to participate fully in raising the child and authorizes both parents to spend time with the child.

Are you ready to discuss your case with Owenby Law, P.A.? Give us a call today.