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Martell Family Law

We Help You Navigate The Difficult Issues

Navigating the complexities of Florida family law, we recognize that the Court’s starting point presumes equal parental capabilities and time-sharing potential. Nonetheless, achieving equal time-sharing isn’t a universal assurance. Specific case facts can warrant deviations from this principle. With our seasoned legal expertise, we offer adept analysis of your situation. We specialize in tailoring a family-specific parenting plan that safeguards your children’s safety and well-being while aligning with your unique circumstances. Your family’s future is our priority.

Our Approach to Child Custody Matters

Child custody and visitation are essential aspects of divorce and family law in Florida, aimed at determining the living arrangements and time spent between children and their parents after a separation or divorce. Florida prioritizes the best interests of the child when making decisions about custody and visitation. There are two main types of custody: physical custody, which refers to where the child primarily resides, and legal custody, which pertains to the right to make important decisions about the child’s upbringing, such as education and healthcare. In most cases, Florida encourages shared parental responsibility, where both parents have input into major decisions affecting the child.

Visitation, also known as timesharing, allows the non-custodial parent to spend time with the child, ensuring a continued relationship between the parent and the child. While the baseline in Florida is equal timesharing, timesharing arrangements can still vary widely. Florida courts recognize the importance of fostering a healthy relationship between the child and both parents, as long as it is in the child’s best interests. In cases where there are concerns about the safety or well-being of the child with one parent, the court may order supervised visitation or impose other restrictions to protect the child’s welfare.

Determining child custody and visitation can be emotionally charged and complex, but Florida’s family courts strive to create arrangements that are in the best interests of the child. The court considers various factors, including each parent’s ability to provide a stable environment, the child’s relationship with each parent, the child’s preferences (if they are of sufficient age and maturity), and any history of domestic violence or abuse. It is essential for parents to work together cooperatively and consider the needs of their child when developing a custody and visitation plan. In cases where reaching an agreement is challenging, seeking the guidance of a family law attorney can help parents navigate the process and advocate for the well-being of their children.

Contact Us Today

Martell Family Law serves clients throughout the Central Florida. To arrange an initial strategy session to discuss divorce proceedings, call us at (407) 214-9015 or send us an email at

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