Child Custody Lawyer | Family Law Services| Flagler Beach, Florida

A Child Custody Battle Can Damage Families. Our Family Law Attorneys Can Help.


Lisa. M Dawson, P.A. is a Family Law Attorney that focuses on child custody in a divorce. Her goal is to put you and your family’s needs first. With so many moving pieces involved in divorce and child custody, it would be best to consult with an attorney to discuss the special circumstances in your divorce.

Lisa M Dawson understands the frustration, anxiety and emotional roller coaster a divorce involving children can bring. Her experience and knowledge provide excellent legal representation. Ensuring your rights are protected and the best interest of the children being the priority when decisions on time sharing and parental responsibilities are made.

How Do Florida Courts Determine Who Gets Custody?

The courts determine who gets physical custody to establish where a child will live.

In a joint custody situation, both parents share legal and physical custody, In Florida, joint custody is called shared parental responsibility. In shared custody both parents must approve all decisions related to the child.

What are Included in Florida Parenting Plans?

Florida law requires parent’s sharing time with minor children to have written parenting plans, these plans must include:

  • A plan for sharing responsibility of the daily parenting tasks
  • A designated address for school registration
  • A specification on the way that parents will use to communicate with the child.
  • Who is responsible for health care?
  • Who will be responsible for school related concerns?

Florida law favors joint legal custody unless there is evidence that the situation would be detrimental to the child.

According to Florida Statutes 61.121 and 61.113. the best interests of the child require an evaluation of all factors affecting the welfare and interests of the child, including:

  • The parent who is more likely to allow the child frequent and continuing contact with the nonresidential parent.
  • The love, affection, and other emotional ties existing between the parents and child.
  • The capacity and disposition of the parents to provide the child with food, clothing, medical care or other remedial care recognized and permitted under the laws of this state in lieu of medical care, and other material needs.
  • The length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment and the desirability of maintaining continuity.
  • The permanence of a family unit, of the existing or proposed custodial home
  • The moral fitness of the parents.
  • The mental and physical health of the parents.
  • The home, school, and community record of the child.
  • The reasonable preference of the child, if the court deems the child be of enough

intelligence, understanding, and experience to express a preference.

  • The willingness and ability of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship between the child and the other parent.
  • Evidence that any party has knowingly provided false information to the court regarding a domestic violence proceeding pursuant to s.741.30.
  • Evidence of domestic violence and any other fact considered by the court to be relevant.

The record of domestic violence is one of the key factors in determining visitation between children and parents. The courts can establish visitation between one or more parent. When one parent receives sole custody, the other parent can have visitation rights. The judge determines whether this visitation will be supervised or unsupervised.

The goal of the Florida courts is to find amicable time-sharing plans and co-parenting plans to enable the child’s wellbeing.

How can an attorney, specializing in family law help ensure the children are the priority and to protect your rights in a divorce case?

Lisa M Dawson, P.A. is a child custody lawyer who can deliver a clear outline to what it takes to put in place a parenting plan that will ensure the best outcome for you and the children.

If you are considering a divorce or are already divorcing, ensure you speak to Lisa M Dawson, P.A. to help you understand the process and what steps to take next. Review your options and the legal facts with a knowledgeable, experienced attorney today.