Modifying Parenting Plans & Custody in Tampa
Mediation of Child Custody Disputes & Modified Parenting Plans
Few issues are more complicated and emotionally charged than the care and custody of one’s children. Many parents take children’s issues to court—however, the inclination to litigate disputes involving your children can be resisted. Going to court fosters distrust, making shared parenting more difficult, and takes the outcome entirely out of your hands.
If you need to modify the terms of custody, shared parenting, or visitation (timesharing), the law firm of Beth Reineke can help you resolve conflicts in a more productive and peaceful way through alternative dispute resolution. Attorney-Mediator Beth Reineke is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator and a trained parent coordinator for the family courts in the Tampa Bay region.
Rather than battling your case out in court, Attorney Beth Reineke can serve as a neutral facilitator to mediate parenting disputes. She can also draft modification agreements and other documents required for court approval when parents agree to amend their parenting plans. This process is far more affordable and less time consuming than court, plus mediation puts the most important decisions affecting your children in your hands. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our firm to learn more.
“She mixed her life experience, and legal training, with patience, logic, and persuasion, to move our case forward to a more thoughtful, and peaceful resolution, for everyone involved.”
At the law office of Beth Reineke, we believe that mediation offers the best results even in volatile conflicts over timesharing, shared parenting, and child custody. By sitting down with the other parent to discuss concerns, you may find the common ground to work out a solution that benefits you and your children. Ms. Reineke uses more than 30 years of legal knowledge and insights to offer suggestions and keep the focus on practical considerations and the best interests of your children.
She has mediated every type of custody modification, including:
- Petitions for sole custody
- Increased time sharing (visitation)
- Custody modification due to relocation
- Major parenting plan changes (overnights, holidays, summer vacation)
- Altering the day-to-day time-sharing schedule
- Child support modifications
Even if one party has petitioned the court for a hearing, it may be possible—and preferable—to resolve the conflicts regarding your children out of court through mediation or parent coordination. Beth Reineke can help parents slow things down to explore options and understand long-term consequences. Once an agreement is reached, she can rewrite the parenting plan and prepare the necessary court documents for approval by the court.
Mediator for Post-Judgment Custody Modifications
When circumstances drastically change in a parent’s life, the current timesharing (visitation) arrangements may need to be modified.
Examples of such changes may include:
- A child’s needs or situation changes.
- A parent decides or is forced to move far away or even out of state.
- A parent is convicted of a crime.
- A parent loses their job, gains new employment, or receives a promotion.
- A parent remarries or begins to live with another partner.
- A parent’s physical or mental state has deteriorated, such as by drug or alcohol abuse.
- One parent is significantly interfering with a child’s relationship with the other parent.
When determining child custody or timesharing in Florida so much is on the line, such cases are understandably fraught with emotions. However, custody litigation squanders precious resources and often makes matters worse due to its confrontational nature.
If you and your former partner are unable to mutually agree on custody, shared parenting, or visitation, you may have to attend a custody hearing before a judge. The judge will then decide the custody, shared parenting, and timesharing (visitation) arrangements on your behalf based on your child’s best interests.
Mediation gives you a say in the outcome and preserves a healthy relationship between co-parents. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our firm to discuss your options during a free consultation with our attorney/mediator.
Supreme Court Certified Mediator
Not all mediators are licensed attorneys- Reineke Mediations brings legal experience and practical insights to the mediation process.
Over 3 Decades of Legal Experience
Reineke Mediations has over 3 decades of legal experience in helping families find divorce resolutions.
We believe any aspect of divorce and custody can be resolved without a courtroom fight. Reineke Mediations has experience with mediating complex property division, entrenched custody disputes, and high-stakes alimony and child support issues. Reineke Mediations provides creative suggestions, gentle guidance, and reality check wisdom from years of hard work in courtroom wars.
We offer free phone consultations and reasonable rates for mediation, drafting of agreements, preparation of court documents and other mediation services. During your initial consultation, Reineke Mediations will discuss the benefits of mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and whether these methods are the right fit for your situation.
Our parenting plan and custody modification lawyer in Tampa regularly mediates custody disputes for parents from Temple Terrace, Brandon, Wesley Chapel, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and throughout the Tampa Bay Area. We invite you to contact us to discuss your case during a free consultation so we can help you determine whether determining custody and parenting plan matters outside of court is right for you and your family.