Areas of Practice

Fort Walton Beach Child Abuse Defense Lawyer

Shalimar, Florida, Child Custody Lawyer

While it is almost always best for parents to be involved in their child’s life, when abuse or neglect allegations arise, that relationship can be threatened. If you are involved in a situation where your parental rights are being threatened due to such allegations, it is critical to seek the counsel of an experienced family law lawyer.

I have more than 20 years of experience in family law and am committed to doing the right thing for children. I began my career as an attorney for the Florida Department of Children and Families, where I concentrated on cases involving child abuse.

What are your rights in a dependency and child custody situation? For answers to your questions from an experienced Fort Walton Beach child abuse defense attorney, call my firm today at 850-651-4488.

The Effect of Dependence and Abuse on Child Custody

When a parent is accused of child neglect in Florida or has been found guilty of child abuse, his or her parental rights can be terminated or suspended, leaving children in foster care or the care of a relative. While foster parents have been given more rights in recent years, there is still a preference for a family member to take custody as long as they are willing and viewed as able to do so.

Ultimately, any decisions regarding grandparent custody, foster parenting or related issues will come down to the courts answering one question: What is in the best interest of the child?

To learn more about these legal issues or to discuss your case with me, contact my firm for a consultation.