Promoting The Best Interests Of Your Children

No part of divorce requires more care than when a child's best interests are at stake. At the South Florida law firm of Gladstone & Weissman, P.A., we strive to uphold the highest standard of careful, knowledgeable and highly professional representation for clients and their children.

With five attorneys board-certified in marital and family law, we are highly equipped to champion each child's future welfare and best interests.

Creating A Plan For Timesharing/Child Custody

One of the most fertile grounds for legal battles involves the establishment of a parenting plan (formerly called child custody). In general, Florida law requires that a parenting plan determine both decision-making responsibility for the child and the actual time the child spends with each parent. Even though the child may live primarily with one parent, the other parent has equal say in how the child is brought up. This is called shared parental responsibility. Each party has input, for example, on issues relating to education, health, religion, extra-curricular activities, etc.

Separately, and often more importantly, the parenting plan sets forth the regular and holiday schedule that each parent will enjoy with their child or children. Courts generally try to strike a balance between the work schedule of the parents and the needs of the child. The goal is to foster a close and loving relationship with both parents.

Parental relocation is another important issue. Our law firm regularly represents parents who wish to relocate to another geographic area with a minor child as well as parents defending against a move away from the child's existing home.

Determining Child Support

Unlike alimony determinations, which are based upon the equities in the case and the balancing of various factors, child support is a function of statutory guidelines with a specific mathematical formula. However, the court may consider a number of factors to deviate from those guidelines, such as specific timesharing arrangements established for the benefit of the minor children.

At Gladstone & Weissman, P.A., our attorneys will analyze all appropriate factors and calculate the gross and net salaries based on pay stubs and average income over the course of the entire year. Monthly expenses and deductions will help us get an accurate picture of how much support a parent may pay and require.

Contact A South Florida Attorney With The Skill You Need

Schedule a consultation with a child custody lawyer in Boca Raton or Fort Lauderdale by calling Gladstone & Weissman, P.A., at 954-761-9994, or contact us via our online form.