Taking Responsibility for Your Children in a Fair and Respectful Way
The state of Florida expects that both parents will share responsibility for their children after a divorce. The judicial system no longer uses the term “permanent custody;” instead, it uses “shared parental responsibility,” making it clear that both parents should be involved in their children’s lives.
“Who gets the kids, and when” may be one of the most contested issues in a divorce. Your feelings may be hurt by your spouse’s behavior or desire for a divorce, and you may inadvertently or deliberately be using your children as a way to hurt him or her. This only makes it more difficult for all of you to move on with your lives and solves nothing.
We use alternative dispute resolution methods such as collaborative divorce, cooperative divorce and divorce mediation to help you and your spouse come to a reasonable, workable agreement on a parenting plan, without using your children as bargaining chips. Instead, your children and their welfare become the centerpiece of the discussion and the agreements the two of you make. This fosters a sense of goodwill and allows the family bonds you have already established to continue and thrive, even after your divorce.
We know that people can work together to have a successful life after divorce because we have helped them do so.
Helping Parents With Time Sharing Matters
Couples who choose to contest custody of their children in court risk a very costly and emotionally painful battle for all involved. We have had cases last nearly three years and in the end, no one was happy with the court’s decision.
Problem-solving divorce methods give you and your spouse the power over your own destinies and the ability to focus on what your children truly need from each of you so all of you can continue to work together, even though your family has taken a different form.
We have trained other attorneys and judges in Lee County in these methods so that everyone can get fair and equal representation, and the court understands what we’re doing and our goal of finding ways for families to come through a divorce as unscathed as possible.