Brandon Family Law Center, LLC
Call for help

Common misconceptions about child custody

Florida parents might think that if they cannot afford an attorney in a child custody case, they must represent themselves. However, the right to legal representation is not just for criminal cases. A court can appoint an attorney although a person is not required to use one.

A parent might also assume that if the other parent abandons the family, that parent forfeits custody. However, if one parent has left, the other parent still needs to go through the formal process of filing for custody.

Some parents may not fully understand what custody consists of. Physical custody refers to where the child spends the majority of their time while legal custody refers to decision-making power about issues such as the child's health and education. One parent could get physical custody while they share legal custody. The primary measure a judge uses to determine custody is the best interests of the child and not the gender of either parent, affluence or other factors. Showing willingness to compromise might make a court more likely to favor one parent for custody over the other, but a fit parent might still be denied custody. However, it is possible to appeal a judge's decision. A failure to pay child support does not put a parent's custody or visitation rights in danger.

Child custody negotiations can be a painful part of divorce for many parents. However, it is not always necessary to have a judge make a decision about these matters. Parents might negotiate an agreement between themselves with the help of their respective attorneys that is then approved by a court. This may include shared parenting arrangements instead of the child spending the majority of their time with one parent. A more amicable approach to the divorce may also help children adjust better.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For a Response

Contact Us For A Consultation

No matter what's your family's need, Brandon Family Law Center has the knowledge and experience to help you. To schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case with the experienced and caring divorce and family lawyers at Brandon Family Law Center, email or call us at 813-438-7119.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Office Location:

Brandon Family Law Center, LLC

Brandon Office
1038 E. Brandon Blvd.
Brandon, FL 33511

Phone: 813-438-7119
Fax: 813-654-6830
Brandon Law Office Map

Tampa Office
601 N. Ashley Dr.
Suite 1100
Tampa, FL 36602

Map & Directions

Proudly associated with

  • Florida Adoption Council
  • IACP | International Academy Of Collaborative Professionals
  • BNI
  • The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce