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Child Custody issues may be a part of a divorce, enforcement or contempt proceedings, geographic relocation petitions, or issues relating to a modification of a standing family law court order.
Child Custody in A Divorce: Who the child (or children) will primarily reside with is often a highly contested issue in a divorce. When child custody is being contested in a divorce, both parents often have a very different idea as to who will provide a stable home for the children.
If the Family Law Court Judge must make a ruling because child custody and visitation issues could not be resolved, the Judge will hear all arguments and then render a decision in accordance with current Florida Child Custody and Child Support Guidelines. First and foremost, the main directive the Family Law Court Judge will consider is what he or she determines is in the best interest of the child (or children).
What is in the best interest of the Child (children)?
In any Child Custody or Visitation dispute issue, “what is in the best interest of the child” is the question that will be always asked. The court will take into consideration who is willing to allow frequent and consistent contact with both parents unless there are valid proven circumstances to go against this standard. Because proving frequent and consistence contact with both parents is so important in providing a normal and healthy upbringing as possible, the court will generally not look favorably on petitions or arguments when it appears a parent is trying to use the children to punish the other parent or attempting to deprive the other parent of contact with the child (children).
Common factors that may be considered in Child Custody hearings may include, but are not limited to:
A petition for modification of the child custody or visitation court order may sometimes be necessary. Reasons for child custody/visitation modifications typically involve a sudden or significant change in financial circumstances, the ability to care for the child (children), a desired geographic relocation of greater than 50 miles, or other legal issues such as incarceration.
Contact Kimberly M. Soto at 321.972.2779 to discuss your Child Custody, Visitation, Divorce, or other Family Law needs.
The Soto Law Office, P.A. is conveniently located in Altamonte Springs, FL near I-4, and proudly serves Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia Counties.
The Soto Law Office, P.A.
Monday - Friday
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Evening and weekend hours available by appointment.
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Kimberly M. Soto is the Owner and Managing Attorney of The Soto Law Office, P.A.
Ms. Soto is a member of the Florida Bar Association and Orange County Bar Association, including their Young Lawyers Sections.
Ms. Soto was awarded her Juris Doctor Degree from The George Washington University Law School.
Ms. Soto was awarded her Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations from the honors program at Rollins College, and graduated Magna cum laude.
Ms. Soto is also a member of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and the Citrus Club.