A Child-Centered Approach To Custody And Time Sharing

Child custody attorney Rebekah Brown-Wiseman helps clients understand the intricacies of child custody arrangements and parenting plans. If you are looking for a lawyer who understands child development as well as the law, choose a child custody attorney with a background in social work. Contact the Law Office of Rebekah Brown-Wiseman, P.A., in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at 954-563-1331.

Determining What Is Best For The Child

The best interest of the child is always paramount. Significant changes were made to Florida law in October that paved the way for a new custody statute. Under the new law, the state abolished the terms "primary parent" and "secondary parent." The new statute also puts special emphasis on developing parenting schedules that can adapt to the child's needs as they get older. The state of Florida determines what is in the best interest of the child by considering a number of factors.

Things To Consider In Child Custody And Parenting Schedules

Divorce puts an end to your marriage, but it does not end your rights and obligations as a parent. During the divorce process, parents must reorganize how they will care for their children and be involved in their lives. Factors to be considered in divorce and paternity matters include:

  • The right of first refusal
  • Specific pick up and drop-off criteria
  • Additional holidays and events relevant to your family
  • Appropriate time-sharing schedules to fit your child's school schedule and your work schedule

Child Custody And Child Development

Child development is becoming a larger component in establishing custodial schedules. As of October courts must consider the developmental stages and needs of the child and the parents' ability to satisfy the child's developmental needs. Child custody attorney Rebekah Brown-Wiseman's degrees in psychology and social work give her expertise in child development that is helpful to clients facing child custody disputes. Her real-world experience as a child therapist provides her with insight to effectively litigate your child custody case.

A Proactive Approach Avoids Future Problems

Ambiguous settlement agreements or orders often lead to future litigation. In order to plan for the future, custody lawyer Rebekah Brown-Wiseman takes a proactive approach. For example, if she anticipates difficulties in the drop-off and pick up of the children, she will be very specific in the custody and visitation agreement. Instead of simply establishing which day a parent will pick up or deliver the child, Ms. Brown-Wiseman will often establish specific times, places and procedures for the exchange of custody.

Contact A Child Custody Lawyer

Contact attorney Rebekah Brown-Wiseman in Fort Lauderdale to discuss parental legal decision-making authority known in Florida as parental responsibility. Designations of legal decision-making include:

  • Shared parental responsibility
  • Shared parental responsibility with exceptions
  • Ultimate decision-making
  • Sole parental responsibility

Contact a Fort Lauderdale child custody attorney at 954-563-1331 for a consultation.