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Orlando Child Custody Lawyer

Florida no longer uses the term custody nor do they designate a primary custodian anymore.  What was previously known as child custody is now referred to as designating a time-sharing schedule in a Parenting Plan.


This is one of the most stressful situations you can go through. Here at Alcalde Legal, we strive to remove your anxiety and help you achieve the best situation possible for you and your child(ren).

Child Custody Process

You will need to create a specific Parenting Plan and Time Sharing Schedule that works for you, the other parent and minor child(ren). This will include putting into writing everything regarding your child(ren) such as day to day time-sharing, holiday time-sharing, education, health, extra-curricular activities, religion, etc.

It is often best for parents in custody cases to negotiate and resolve their issues outside of court. We can help in that negotiation process.
We also recognize that you understand what your child needs most and sometimes negotiations with the other parent is not possible.  We are ready to fight for you in the courtroom and will present a solid case for the judge to determine a time-sharing schedule in the best interest of the child(ren).

Before a ruling is determined on child custody, the judge looks at the best interests of the child(ren). This includes numerous statutory factors, which include but are not limited to:

  • The demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship, to honor the time-sharing schedule, and to be reasonable when changes are required.

  • The demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to determine, consider, and act upon the needs of the child as opposed to the needs or desires of the parent.

  • The geographic viability of the parenting plan, with special attention paid to the needs of school-age children and the amount of time to be spent traveling to effectuate the parenting plan. This factor does not create a presumption for or against relocation of either parent with a child.

  • The home, school, and community record of the child.

  • The demonstrated knowledge, capacity, and disposition of each parent to be informed of the circumstances of the minor child, including, but not limited to, the child’s friends, teachers, medical care providers, daily activities, and favorite things.

  • The demonstrated capacity of each parent to communicate with and keep the other parent informed of issues and activities regarding the minor child, and the willingness of each parent to adopt a unified front on all major issues when dealing with the child.

  • The demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to participate and be involved in the child’s school and extracurricular activities.

  • The capacity and disposition of each parent to protect the child from the ongoing litigation as demonstrated by not discussing the litigation with the child, not sharing documents or electronic media related to the litigation with the child, and refraining from disparaging comments about the other parent to the child.

Whether or not you and the other parent have agreed on the Parenting Plan or not, come and see Alcalde Legal to go over your options. If you have not agreed on the specifics, we will help get what you seek.

Alcalde Legal Serving the Central Florida Area

We're here to provide you peace of mind throughout the process of establishing a parenting plan best for everyone involved.


While Alcalde Legal is based in Orlando, we travel throughout the state of Florida to assist you in your family needs.

Contact our Child Custody Attorney Today!

If you have any questions regarding Child Custody in Florida, don't hesitate to call us at 407-801-9230  or fill out the form below to schedule your appointment.

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