Sarasota Visitation & Child Custody Attorneys

The Courts Will Protect Your Child's Welfare
We Fight For Your Parental Rights

From offices in Sarasota, our child custody lawyers advise and represent clients in family law courts in Sarasota County and Manatee County. Contact us to arrange a consultation with an experienced Sarasota child custody lawyer today.

Attorneys Sean Tobaygo and Angela Tobaygo have represented hundreds of clients in divorce and family law matters. With the trial experience gained while serving as prosecuting attorneys for the State of Florida, we help you understand the law and your case, and make sure that you walk into the courtroom confident and prepared.

Ask our attorneys about their experience helping clients in the following issues:

  • Parental relocation
  • Allegations of parental alienation
  • Paternity disputes, parental rights and obligations
  • Concerns about alcohol or chemical dependency issues
  • Questions about parental fitness
  • Disputes over time-sharing schedules
  • Denied time-sharing and violation of court orders
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • False allegations of abuse
  • Modifications of parenting plans
  • Domestic violence, restraining orders, and supervised time-sharing

How Child Custody & Time-Sharing Are Determined

Florida law is clear on what factors the court can consider when making a time-sharing or child custody determination. It's important that you understand these factors long before you find yourself before a judge. However, Florida courts have broad discretion in determining child custody and time-sharing arrangements. Factors are not limited to but include:

  • Child’s school and home history;
  • Parents’ mental, physical, and moral condition;
  • How permanent the proposed home is;
  • Continuity of the situation;
  • Parents’ ability to provide;
  • Ability to meet the child’s developmental needs

Child Custody Law Firm Serving Sarasota & Manatee Counties

Child custody, or "time-sharing" is one of the most heavily contested areas in family law cases and for good reason. The best interests of your children should be the primary consideration in any family law case, and our child custody attorneys can help guide you through the process one step at a time.

Common Child Custody Arrangements

Whether you and the child(ren)’s other parent decide on a child custody arrangement on your own or one is determined during legal proceedings, legal guidance from Tobaygo Law will help ensure your child’s best interest is put first.

Unmarried Parents

Unmarried parents have the ability to establish a child custody arrangement by filing proper petitions and creating a custody plan together. Tobaygo Law, a Sarasota family law firm, can help you and your child’s other parent create an arrangement which puts the child’s best interest first but also accounts for the parent’s circumstances.

Physical & Legal Custody

This arrangement is determined in most cases, with the child living with one parent most of the time. Yet, legal custody means the custodial and noncustodial parent has the right to make decisions regarding important concerns of the child, including education, religion, and health care.

Joint Custody

Joint custody needs an immense amount of cooperation between both parents as the child will spend an equal amount of time with both parents. For joint custody to be awarded, both parents have to demonstrate to the court they are able to make joint decisions and cooperate.

Split Custody

Split custody arrangements occur when there are multiple children and one parent has custody of one or more children and the other parent has custody the others. This arrangement is generally not preferred or used by courts when determining a child custody arrangement.

Common Issues With Child Custody & Time Sharing

While there are many issues that can develop in any child custody and/or time-sharing arrangements, the family law attorneys in Sarasota, FL with Tobaygo Law frequently handle cases involving interference and relocation.

Interference

Interference occurs both intentionally and inadvertently. Intentional interference happens when one or both parents fail to follow the child custody and/or time-sharing agreement. An example of intentional interference is disregarding the time-sharing schedule. However, inadvertent interference can occur when one parent is late returning the child (ren) due to bad road or weather conditions.

Relocation

Child custody and time-sharing agreements are impacted when one parent needs to relocate. If relocation becomes necessary or is disputed, contact us to review the arrangement and modify it if needed.

Contact Our Sarasota Family Law Lawyers

We understand how stressful and emotional this time of your life is, which is why we strive to make the entire process a little easier. We work toward a common goal in a child custody agreement, and our child custody plans put the focus on your child, not the dispute between you and your former spouse. We strive to be one of the top child custody law firms in Sarasota because we want your new family arrangement to be healthy and productive for everyone involved. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced family law Sarasota and divorce attorneys.