Protecting The Parent's Relationship With The Child

In three decades of family law practice, this firm has seen a dramatic shift in the way divorce courts handle child custody. In divorce cases years ago, it was assumed by the courts and couples that a "primary residential parent" — often the mother — would gain custody of the children. Commonly called the "Tender Years Doctrine," it was presumed that young children were best cared for by their mothers, as the father of the nuclear family served as the primary bread-winner.

Florida law now prohibits that presumption. Times have changed. More women work outside the home. Now, parents and their family law attorneys negotiate time-sharing agreements and parenting plans. Today, 50-50 time-sharing is becoming the norm, and courts take a position of shared responsibility, unless either party can prove good reason to the contrary.

The Law Offices of Barry I. Finkel, P.A., is skilled at working with clients — the father or the mother — the ensure the best interests of the child are maintained. We are committed to helping parents navigate the divorce process, while ensuring that their rights are represented and the best interests of the children are vigorously protected.

The Law Offices of Barry I. Finkel, P.A., is a divorce and family law firm focused on serving the needs of the entire family. Established in Fort Lauderdale / Broward County, Florida, in 1992, the firm's lawyers provide trusted matrimonial counsel to clients facing turbulent times and unsettling situations. For a consultation or to schedule an appointment, please call our firm.

In Fort Lauderdale, we can be reached at 954-776-1414. In Boca Raton, we can be reached at 561-910-1870.