Experienced Tampa Child Custody Lawyer:
Protecting Your Parental Rights

Navigating child custody matters is an emotionally charged process that requires sensitive yet assertive legal guidance. As a seasoned Tampa child custody lawyer, our firm is dedicated to advocating for your parental rights while prioritizing the best interests of your children.

Child Custody Lawyer in Tampa, Florida

Our legal expertise in Tampa family law ensures that you are well-represented in all aspects of custody disputes, from negotiation to litigation. Child custody matters can be one of the most challenging aspects of any family law case. Our firm and Tampa child custody lawyers are committed to providing compassionate, skilled legal representation to parents facing custody disputes. We understand the emotional and legal complexities involved in these cases and are dedicated to securing the best possible outcomes for you and your children.

In 2008, the statute changed, and now instead of child custody and visitation, the Court looks to determine time-sharing with the minor children. The Florida statutes now provide for the Courts to establish a parenting plan.

Tampa Child Custody Lawyer

Tailored Custody Solutions for Your Unique Family Dynamics

Understanding that every family is unique, we provide personalized legal strategies to meet your specific needs and circumstances. Our approach is grounded in a deep comprehension of Tampa custody laws and a commitment to securing the best possible outcome for you and your children.

Comprehensive Representation in Custody Disputes

Whether you are going through a divorce or are an unmarried parent seeking custody, we are here to guide and represent you. Our firm handles a range of custody-related cases, including:

– Sole Custody Arrangements
– Joint Custody Solutions
– Parenting Plans and Timesharing Schedules
– Modification of Existing
– Timesharing Orders

 Prioritizing the Best Interests of the Child

In all custody and timesharing cases, the child’s best interests are paramount. We work diligently to ensure that the custody arrangement reflects what is best for your child, considering factors like their health, safety, education, and emotional well-being.

Understanding Different Custody Arrangements

In Florida, child custody is categorized into two main types: timesharing and legal custody.  Timesharing determines the schedule in which you will see your child, while legal custody involves decision-making authority over the child’s upbringing, education, and healthcare. We can help you understand these distinctions and work towards an arrangement that best suits your family’s needs.

Tailoring a Strategy to Your Unique Situation

Every family is unique, and so is every custody case. Our approach is to understand the specific dynamics of your situation and develop a tailored strategy. Whether your case can be resolved amicably or requires litigation, we are prepared to provide the robust representation you need.

Navigating Complex Custody Challenges

High-conflict custody cases, relocation issues, or disputes involving allegations of abuse require an experienced legal advocate. We are adept at handling complex custody situations with the sensitivity and assertiveness they demand.

Preparing for Custody Hearings

Custody hearings can be daunting. We provide thorough preparation and guidance to help you present your case effectively and confidently.

A Record of Success

Our track record speaks for itself. We have successfully represented numerous parents in custody cases and timesharing matters for almost two decades.

Collaborative and Mediation Services

For parents preferring to settle custody matters out of court, we offer collaborative law and mediation services. These alternatives can lead to more amicable solutions and are often less stressful for both parents and children.

Testimonials + 5 Star Reviews

His exceptional legal expertise, compassionate approach, and unwavering dedication to his clients make him an invaluable asset in the realm of family law.”-

Alfred V.

I would recommend Foley Family Law to anyone in need. Fast, responsive, reliable, and professional

John J.


Protecting Your Parental Rights with Expert Legal Advocacy

At the heart of our practice is a commitment to safeguarding your parental rights. We understand the importance of your relationship with your child and fight tirelessly to protect it.

Assertive Representation in Court

If your custody case goes to court, you need a lawyer who is prepared to advocate strongly on your behalf. Our firm has a proven track record in the courtroom, and we are ready to represent your interests assertively and effectively.

Legal Support for Fathers’ Rights

Fathers often face unique challenges in custody battles. We are committed to ensuring that fathers’ rights are respected and upheld in the custody process.

Advocating for Mothers’ Rights

Mothers, too, can encounter specific issues in custody disputes. We provide mothers with the support and representation they need to protect their rights and the well-being of their children.

Comprehensive Legal Support Throughout Your Custody Journey

Dealing with custody issues can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to face it alone. Our firm offers comprehensive legal support throughout the entire custody process, from initial consultation to the final resolution.

Understanding and Compassionate Guidance

We recognize the emotional toll that custody disputes can take. Our team offers understanding and compassionate guidance throughout your case, ensuring you feel supported and informed.

Strategic Planning and Case Preparation

Every custody case requires careful planning and preparation. We work closely with you to develop a strategic approach tailored to your specific situation and goals.

Ready to Defend Your Parental Rights?

If you’re facing a custody battle in Tampa, it’s crucial to have a skilled custody lawyer by your side. Our firm is here to provide the expertise and support you need. Contact us today for a consultation, and let’s start working towards a positive outcome for you and your children.

Let's Secure the Best Future for Your Children

If you’re facing a custody dispute in Tampa, don’t navigate this challenging journey alone. Contact our Tampa custody lawyer today for a consultation. We’ll discuss your case, answer your questions, and outline a path forward that prioritizes your children’s well-being.


FAQ's on Florida Child Custody Laws

Florida wants you to see your children — it’s just a matter of time for us to work on you seeing them.
So, the question still is “When am I going to get to see my kids?” When am I going to get to see my Kids?

We are presented with this issue, from all different angles from all different people of all different backgrounds and it is universally very, very tough for a parent to deal with this question and the resulting answer of “please trust the process”.

We understand that the time it may take can be excruciating. But there are certain issues that need to be dealt with first no matter the situation, if you have not seen the children in a while.

A transition schedule may be necessary. Your child’s best interest are paramount. Not yours.

So we move it in the right direction, and even though it may take time, the overwhelming majority of cases see reunification with their children (except in some cases involving abuse, neglect or other extreme circumstances).

We can also speak to you about whether your case is one that this appropriate to file an emergency motion.

So the answer to ‘When am I going to get to see my kids?’ is “as soon is appropriate for your child”.

The Court may have to make that decision if you spouse/other parent is preventing contact for whatever reason. Again, this can take some time, but we know it’s worth it. So there is no time like the present to get this process started.

Thankfully, the form Parenting Plan in Florida gives us a good format for what the Courts want for parents to agree on for out-of-state and out-of-country travel. Here is the language from the Parenting Plan:

Foreign and Out-Of-State Travel {Indicate all that apply}

  1.  Either parent may travel within the United States with the child(ren) during his/her time-sharing. The parent traveling with the child(ren) shall give the other parent at least (YOU FILL IN THE BLANK) days written notice before traveling out of state unless there is an emergency, and shall provide the other parent with a detailed itinerary, including locations and telephone numbers where the child(ren) and parent can be reached at least (YOU FILL IN THE BLANK) days before traveling.
  2. Either parent may travel out of the country with the child(ren) during his/her time-sharing. At least (YOU FILL IN THE BLANK) days prior to traveling, the parent shall provide a detailed itinerary, including locations, and telephone numbers where the child(ren) and parent may be reached during the trip. Each parent agrees to provide whatever documentation is necessary for the other parent to take the child(ren) out of the country.
  3. If a parent wishes to travel out of the country with the child(ren), he/she shall provide the following security for the return of the child: (YOU FILL IN THE BLANK)

That is the normal language in the parenting plan, so it’s more about notice, less about consent. You could both agree to stronger or weaker language, but this is the normal way the court goes with out-of-state and out-of-country travel.

So when you are trying to determine what Florida wants your Parenting Plan and Time-sharing agreement to say about leaving the state or country for a vacation when you share custody or time-sharing with the child’s other parent, the best place to look is the Florida Form Parenting Plan. Again, if you have already agreed to different language or the Judge has ordered different terms, that is what you should abide by.


Foley Family Law feels it is important to charge reasonable fees and costs in the litigation and settlement of divorce and family law matters. The office sends out regular billing statements and invoices so clients know exactly how the office is proceeding in their case and where their retainers are at. Each client is quoted an initial retainer at the initial consultation and the billing process is detailed in the retainer agreement the client is provided and signs prior to retaining.

Call today (813) 272-2345 to set up a consultation with a Tampa Bay Child Custody Lawyer and Family Law Attorney.

Foley Family Law provides clients with high-quality representation in heated alimony, property, or children’s issues cases. The majority of the Divorce matters the Office handles are contested on one or more issues at one point during the case, therefore the Office has a wealth of experience in dealing with these types of Divorce matters.

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