Family Law Attorney Brandon Florida

Custody & Time-Sharing Attorneys

Whether you are in need of a divorce, or have a final judgement that
needs tweaking, Our experienced family attorneys are here to help.

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Custody & Time-Sharing

Divorce, separations, or single parent situations often result in bickering regarding where the child will live and how much time each parent will spend with the child. Well written Parenting Plans help govern this portion of the parent’s separation and often become the basis for contempt down the road. Determining what is best for the child is paramount although it is rare that the parents agree. This is where having an experienced attorney assist you along the way becomes vital in receiving the best outcome for your child.



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    Are custody decisions (parenting plans) binding? Can they be altered?

    Parenting plans become enforceable when issued and remain in effect until modified. You can petition the court to modify the parenting plan to adjust for unanticipated, material, and substantial change(s) in circumstances that no longer serve the children’s best interests.

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    What exactly is a Parenting Plan?

    Instead of traditional legal and physical custody definitions, Florida adopted a parenting plan and time-sharing schedule. The parenting plan specifies how the parents divide decision-making
    authority and responsibilities. For example, the plan sets who will be responsible for the child’s education, health care, and extracurricular activities.

    A parenting plan also specifies where the child will live and the time the children spend with each parent. Again, because each family’s needs and circumstances are unique, time-sharing schedules are flexible. But, again, the facts of the case determine the timeline.

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    What is the Child's Best Interest Standard?

    In Florida, courts consider time-sharing under the best interests of the child standard. Therefore, custody decisions are made by courts based on what is best for the child.

    These factors could include the following:

    • The child’s age
    • The quality of the child’s existing relationship with the parents
    • The ability of either parent to provide a stable, safe environment
    • Which parent is more likely to encourage the child’s ongoing relationship with the other

    Judges have wide latitude in determining how much weight to give to each factor.

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Child’s Right to Voice in Custody Battles

Child’s Right to Voice in Custody Battles

Custody battles deeply affect children, who should have the right to voice their preferences in decisions that shape their lives. This article emphasizes the importance of considering children’s opinions in custody arrangements and the potential consequences of ignoring them.

Dispelling the Myth: Do Mothers Always Get Custody?

Dispelling the Myth: Do Mothers Always Get Custody?

The notion that mothers automatically get custody of their children is a persistent myth. The reality is that custody decisions are based on a multitude of factors, with the best interests of the child being the primary consideration.

Summer Vacation Custody Guide for Divorced Parents

Summer Vacation Custody Guide for Divorced Parents

Discover expert tips and creative ideas for divorced parents to make summer vacations special, regardless of custody schedules. Learn about crafts, day trips, and how to maintain a meaningful connection with your children during the summer.

Factors Shaping Child Custody Outcomes

Factors Shaping Child Custody Outcomes

Navigating custody cases can be daunting, but understanding the crucial factors courts evaluate can increase your chances of a favorable outcome that prioritizes your child’s best interests. Explore the primary considerations that shape these life-altering decisions.

Understanding Custody When Traveling Internationally

Understanding Custody When Traveling Internationally

Traveling abroad with your children can be an exciting and enriching experience, but it can also be a minefield of legal complexities if you have a custody agreement in place. Navigating the intricate web of international travel requirements and custody regulations can be daunting, putting your parental rights and your child’s well-being at risk.

Custody & Time-Sharing Case Study: Because legal issues rarely stand their own

In Florida’s 50/50 time-sharing norm, certain cases demand a closer look. Take scenarios where a parent’s behavior, like infidelity and exposing the kids to inappropriate indiscretion, affects the children’s well-being. It’s not about punishing infidelity, cheating has no standing in divorce and custody trials.   The issue is about protecting the children.
Brandon Legal Group specializes in these delicate situations, advocating for arrangements that prioritize children’s safety and emotional health. They argue beyond conventional norms, focusing on the kids’ best interests in unstable environments. Their expertise ensures that each case is evaluated on its unique circumstances, fighting for a fair and safe outcome for the children involved, proving that one size does not fit all in family law.
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Attorney Ingrid Hooglander Of Brandon Legal Group


In 2008 after gaining years of experience under the watchful eyes of her predecessors, Ms. Hooglander opened her own private practice that has grown into what Brandon Legal Group is today.Her weight lifting and Kick Boxing training contribute to a reputation as a "force of nature" in both her personal life and her presence in the court room.

Attorney Luke Mattson of brandon legal group


Mr. Mattson found his niche in family law and has focused his practice in that area since 2000. In particular, Luke often handles matters involving divorce, time-sharing, parenting plans, child support, alimony, paternity, and civil domestic violence. Mr. Mattson might look like he’s all business, but you'd be surprised to discover the incredible fun loving attitude he brings to the practice. When outside the courtroom, Mr. Mattson can often be found watching Lightning games or riding his bike around downtown Tampa.

Family Law Services


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Whether you are looking to file for divorce or have been served with divorce papers, our experienced team of attorneys can help you make sure you receive what you're owed!

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Everyone wants to know "How Much" when it comes to child support. We run the guidelines and look at your financials to make sure you are not being taken advantage of.


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Time-sharing is the new name for custody. Having a time-sharing plan that works for both parents is an important part in any relationship between parents after a divorce or paternity case.

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Gone are the days of lifetime alimony. If you have been ordered to pay alimony or are receiving it and have a life change our attorneys may be able to help recalculate the payments.

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Prenups and Postnups have long thought of as betting against the marriage. Our attorneys can work to create an agreement that protects both you and your spouse throughout your marriage

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In addition to our family law serivces we offer other legal services including, Mediation, Estate Planning, Criminal Defense, Persosonal Injury, Business Law, and Civil Litigation services.

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