Committed To Protecting Your Rights And Your Child's Rights

Children are the primary concern of many parents who face divorce or the end of a nonmarital relationship. Florida law states the court must follow "the best interest of the child" when determining the child's primary residence and parental access to children. Mothers and fathers are given equal rights and access. The court encourages both parents to remain actively involved in their child's life and rules accordingly.

At the law office of Barry P. Burnette, PA, in Tavares, we make your child's best interest is the focal point of our strategy when resolving custody and parenting plan issues. We foster a collaborative effort between parents and attempt to reach agreement through negotiation. By coming to terms without litigating, parents retain more control over the outcome, which is usually favorable to everyone involved. After all, you may be ending your relationship, but we hope you will continue to work together as parents.

Personal Attention To Match Your Unique Needs

We will invest the time to truly understand your objectives regarding custody and parenting time, and tailor our legal strategy to accomplish those goals. We will address every aspect of parenting issues, including:

  • Custody and parenting time — Determining where the child will spend his or her days and nights, as well as how decisions will be made regarding education, health care, religion and other aspects of daily life.
  • Financial support — Florida child support follows guidelines that use a mathematical formula, but there may be reasons to deviate from this formula.
  • Proof of paternity — A mother may wish to establish the legal father of a child in order to pursue financial support or a father may wish to claim parental rights.

Your Concerns Become Our Concerns

We welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss child custody, support and any other family law issues. You will get insights from a knowledgeable lawyer who will help you set realistic expectations and recommend an effective course of action. Call 352-508-6735 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting.