Gainesville Child Custody Lawyers

We here at Hertz & Kearns realize how important your children are to you. Many parents' biggest worry when going through the divorce process is that they will lose custody of their children and not get to spend as much time with them. Likewise, many spouses want to deny the other parent as much access to the children as possible.

However, Florida law does not favor one parent or the other. Custody is to be determined by what is in the children's best interests. Many family law judges believe that involvement from both parents is essential in children's upbringing. We will meet with you and discuss the statutory factors the Court's will use in determining how timesharing will be determined.In addition, we will explain what you should expect if you want to go to trial.

Attorneys In Alachua County Reaching Time-Sharing Agreements Between Parents

In most cases, it is best for your children and you to reach an agreement before a trial starts so that a family law judge, who knows nothing about you or your family's needs, does not make a decision for you. In Florida, the parties must attend mediation in family law matters such as divorce and determining child custody. We here at Hertz & Kearns believe in the mediation process because we believe it benefits all parties.

Nobody knows your situation better than you and your spouse, and coming to an amicable agreement without a trial will help you, your spouse and your children be able to get along better after the marriage is dissolved. We have found that parties are happier after the divorce is over if they are able to reach an agreement.However, we are aware that often an agreement is just not possible.In these cases, we will diligently prepare your case for a trial.

Consult With A Lawyer Before Agreeing to or Approving A Custody Arrangement

No matter how simple you think the process may be, it is important to consult with an attorney during a divorce and child custody determination process. You do not want to mistakenly agree to something that gives away too much parenting time. Call Hertz & Kearns at 352-378-2268 to schedule a free consultation.