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​As your child custody attorney servicing the Tampa Bay area, it is important you hire an attorney that is well versed in the area of child custody law. We have been servicing the Tampa Bay area for 4+ years, and have many satisfied clients.

St. Petersburg Child Custody Attorney

Child's Best Interest

Children’s interests are of the utmost importance in domestic and domestic violence cases. No minor child shall be deposed or brought to a deposition, brought to court to appear as a witness or to attend a hearing, or subpoenaed to appear at a hearing without prior court order of the court based on good cause shown unless in an emergency situation. [Fla Fam. LRP 12.407; Monteiro v. Monteiro, 55 So 3d 686 (Fla 3d DCA 2011) (Trial court did not depart from essential requirements of law in ordering an in camera examination of minor children outside the presence of the parties and their counsel at the final domestic violence injunction hearing. There is no authority that requires the trial court to submit the minor children to cross examination by husband’s counsel or have husband or his counsel present during an in camera examination of minor children.  

Guardian Ad Litem

An appointment of a guardian ad litem or parenting coordinate is neither a perfunctory matter nor a necessity in every case. Family lawyers are accustomed to just asking for guardians ad litem in every contested child custody case, without considering this trend in the law and the reason for this trend. The trend really, is to consider whether or not either party can protect the best interests of the child and whether a person other than a parent is required for that purpose, unless mandatorily required in such actions which involve an allegation of child abuse, abandonment, or neglect [see Fla Stat Section 39.01], which allegation is verified and determined by the court to be well founded. The goals of Chapter 61 and therapeutic justice are to address the problems of the family and attempt to leave the family in a better place than when it entered the legal system. As a parent, you should first consider interventions that empower the other, to attempt to address all of the issues present, which focuses on not only the present, but the future as well. Individual counseling and agreed evaluations may be necessary for each party. To begin, both parents would be communicating in a safe place, where therapeutic mediation occurs (it’s recommended at least 10 sessions each), and then a focus on what is necessary for the mental and physical development of the parties’ child(ren).  

If you have an issue that revolves around child custody, please do not hesitate to contact us. We offer consultations in-office or over the phone, for your convenience. 

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