Jacksonville Child Custody Lawyers.

Assuring What is Best For Your Children

Child Custody Lawyers in Jacksonville at McGRATH GIBSON

Your Right to Decide what is Best for Your Child is Not Absolute.

The MCGRATH GIBSON our Jacksonville child custody lawyers fight tenaciously to assure that our clients remain actively involved in their children’s lives. All too often, animosities between parents going through a divorce will push one parent or the other to fight for sole custody and exclusive guardianship of the children to avoid having to interact with the other parent. Most of the time this is not what is best for the children, but some will stop at nothing and without the skill of an experienced child custody lawyer, you could be partially or completely separated from your children.

Child Custody in Florida.

A parent’s right to make decisions concerning their child’s welfare is not absolute, a court may intervene. In Florida it has been the longstanding policy of the courts that parental responsibility should be shared, even after a divorce. For issues involving minor children courts use the “Best interests” test that is used for all matters involving minor children. Courts will look at a variety of factors centering on what is best for the child. The judge has great discretion to award child support and child custody, and attorneys fees as justice requires. The judge may fashion any order that seems fit. The court may also order mediation and possibly arbitration.

A minor child’s natural parents are that child’s natural guardians, unless the child is born out of wedlock. The mother is the natural guardian if she is not married to the father. And there is no distinction between natural-born children and adopted children.

Both parents have a duty of support for their child until the child reaches the age of 18.

Shared parental responsibility is preferred unless it would be detrimental to the child’s wellbeing. Parents must confer with each other and jointly determine major decisions. The Courts will resolve disputes by applying the “best interests of the child test”, which includes access to records and information pertaining to child. Courts will award sole parental responsibility only if shared parental responsibility is determined by the court to be detrimental to the child.  Sole parental responsibility means that only one of the child’s parents makes decisions concerning the child.

The family law attorneys at McGRATH GIBSON can help!

Child custody, Child Support and Child Visitation or Timesharing can obviously be complicated and very sensitive matters. If you are facing a divorce or separation that involves a child, let the Jacksonville child custody lawyers at McGRATH GIBSON help you navigate these complicated laws and assure that you and your children’s rights are protected.

Contact Us

Trust the family law attorneys of McGRATH GIBSON for the answers, representation, and results you need in these most important personal legal matters. Call us to schedule a consultation at (904) 358-3300, or use our contact form below and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

Family Law and Divorce Attorneys in Jacksonville, Florida Disclaimer:

The lawyers of McGRATH GIBSON are licensed to practice in the states of Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. Additionally, we represent clients throughout the United States pro hoc vice, and with the help of local counsel. While we strive to personally handle all types of divorce and family law cases, there are occasions where we may feel it is in the interest of the client to refer their case to another lawyer. We proudly offer representation to Military Veterans and the Men and Women who currently serve in our armed forces at the Mayport Naval Station, Naval Air Station of Jacksonville, Camp Blanding, United States Army, Army Reserve, United States Marines, Florida National Guard, Air National Guard, United States Coast Guard, Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Space Force.

McGRATH GIBSON family law attorneys offer representation in the areas of Family Law throughout Florida. We represent in cases of Divorce, Property division, Alimony and Maintenance, Child Custody, Child Support and Child Visitation. We represent active duty military in Military Divorce cases which is handled throughout the United States and U.S. Territories independently and with local counsel where required.

The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. This web site is not intended to be an advertisement or solicitation. Material contained in the McGRATH GIBSON web site is for information only and does not constitute legal advice or a solicitation of legal services. Transmission of information from this site is not intended to create, and its receipt does not constitute an attorney-client relationship between the law firm of McGRATH GIBSON and the reader. In the event that any information on this web site does not conform fully with regulations in any jurisdiction, this law firm will not accept representation based on that information.

Information contained herein is the exclusive property of McGRATH GIBSON and may not be copied, reproduced retransmitted or otherwise utilized for any purpose without the express written consent of McGRATH GIBSON.