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Very few legal disputes can become as contentious or ugly as a child custody battle. In the State of Florida, when a mother and father divorce or separate, the family courts regard shared parental responsibility—one where both parents have contact and make decisions for the child—to be the preferred arrangement. Naturally, this is problematic when the parents do not get along; they are unable to come to a shared parenting agreement on their own; or one of the parents believes that the other will be irresponsible, negligent, or abusive. If you are the parent of a minor child in the State of Florida, and you're involved in a child custody dispute with the mother or father of that child, you're going to require a family law/divorce attorney who will fight for your legal rights. You need an attorney like Joy N. Owenby and a law firm like Owenby Law, LLC.
As a family law and divorce attorney in the State of Florida, Joy Owenby recognizes 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 bar the other parent from seeing the child (addiction, abusive behavior, criminal activity, et cetera), Florida judges will generally enforce an arrangement giving both parents access to the child.
Family law and divorce attorney Joy Owenby can assist one or both parents in creating a shared 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 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.
Whether you are divorcing and need to create a child custody arrangement or you need to modify an existing parenting plan, Jacksonville, FL family law attorney Joy Owenby, and Owenby Law, LLC can help. To schedule an appointment in her Duval County office, contact us at (904) 359-5115.
Joy N. Owenby serves clients who need representation in all family legal matters in Jacksonville, Duval County, Clay County, Nassau County, Saint Johns County, Orange Park, St Augustine, Middleburg, and all areas of northeast Florida.