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Wild Wild West!


Ending a marriage is already a difficult road to travel; how-ever, when there are minor children involved, it can become even more challenging.

When clients are in the beginning stages of a divorce and have minor children in common, it can be overwhelming to figure out how to handle scheduling issues with the other parent.
These are some of the many questions that local matrimonial and family law attorney Cynthia M. Pyfrom, Esq. is asked by her clients, and she is ready and able to help parents navigate the legal process.

Both parents in a divorce have equal rights to see their children and be involved in their lives. Neither parent has more or less rights than the other.

“The Court expects parents of minor children in common to try to maintain status quo in the children’s lives as much as possible to avoid disrupting their lives throughout the divorce process. What does this mean? Continue schooling schedules and extra-curricular activities, as it was during the intact relationship. Continue to main-tain a relationship between the minor children and the other par-ent, even though they may now be living in separate locations. Try your best to continue co-parenting and making major decisions re-lating to the minor children as a parental unit, despite that you two are no longer together. Obviously, this can be very challenging to do when going through a divorce because of the heightened emotions involved,” said Cynthia.

“I always call these beginning stages of the divorce process the “Wild Wild West.” Why? Well, there is no Court order or other child-related guidance from the Court when a case is initially filed. Also, there are a lot of emotions involved when a divorce is filed and, because of that, it can be difficult to see the situation from the perspective of the best interests of the minor children. The Courts require a Parent Education Course to be completed by both par-ents. This can be done online, and it includes information on how to maintain the minor child’s stability in life and encourage an on-going relationship with the other parent while going through the divorce process.”

Cynthia advises her clients that he/she should put their feelings for the other parent aside and always encourage a healthy relation-ship between the minor children and the other parent. This could mean offering to take the children to dinner various times through-out the week, offering overnight timesharing on weekdays and/or weekends, or otherwise spending time with each parent in order to maintain that parent and child relationship. Obviously, there are situations that would warrant withholding timesharing; however, that must be analyzed on a case-by-case basis. Ultimately, the Courts look at the best interests of the minor children.

“The Courts expect parents to be adults and make decisions that benefit the children. Do not use the children as pawns in a divorce proceeding to gain an upper hand on the other parent. Do not discuss your divorce with the children. Do not disparage the other parent or otherwise talk bad about the other parent in front of the children. Please remember, your children are half of you and half of the other parent. They identify as part of you and part of their other parent. If you criticize or vilify the other parent in front of your children, you are essentially attacking half of your child’s makeup. This can ultimately be psychologically damaging to a child,” said Cynthia.

The local attorney says to remember that the divorce process through the courts is not a swift one. “So, maintaining some normal-cy in your child’s life is extremely important while all of the other changes are going on in their lives. Ultimately, there will be a Parent-ing Plan entered by the Court, whether by agreement of the parties or by the Judge’s decision, which both parents will be required to comply with. However, it takes time to get there based on the proce-dural requirements of a divorce proceeding,” advised Cynthia.

“If I am your attorney, I will work hard to push your case forward to avoid any unnecessary delays in getting you to a place where you know exactly what your rights and obligations are with regard to your children. If you find yourself in unchartered territory and have questions regarding your rights and obligations, please reach out to my office so we can help you navigate through this process with confidence,” she said.

Cynthia M. Pyfrom, P.A. provides high quality legal representa-tion in Matrimonial and Family Law matters, including but not lim-ited to dissolution of marriage, child support, timesharing, equita-ble distribution of property, modifications, enforcement, contempt, pre and post nuptial agreements, paternity and alimony. Since these matters can sometimes be a financial burden on the parties involved, Cynthia M. Pyfrom, P.A. provides competitive rates along with reasonable retainer fees.

The attorney believes her practice is unique because of her ex-tensive legal background and her personal experiences in life, which give her a distinctive empathetic perspective. Cynthia spe-cializes in personalized attention to each of her clients. She is eas-ily accessible to answer her client’s questions regarding their case, and she deals with clients on a one-on-one basis.

Pyfrom thinks her firm has been so successful because of the small boutique service.
“I am doing this job to help people and money is secondary. I really do care about my clients and want to help them through ev-erything that comes along with a divorce. Divorce can be a very stressful time and you want an attorney who cares about you and your concerns in order to help get you through it as painless as possible,” she said.

Her clients praise Cynthia and her staff for helping them through a difficult time in their life.

“Cynthia went above and beyond for me as an attorney. She is reliable, trustworthy and very skilled on the family process. I would recommend her to any woman going through a hard time regarding family law. She puts you at ease during your case, always respond-ing to your questions in a timely manner, and she is very honest,” stated a client.

“Cynthia was simply amazing! She helped my sister-in-law get through her divorce and relieved a lot of the burden from her. She was very knowledgeable, courteous, understanding and profes-sional. The kind of traits that my sister-in-law needed in a lawyer to handle her case. Cynthia guided us through the process and gave sound advice along the way. I would highly recommend Cynthia,” stated another client.
Cynthia M. Pyfrom is always available to answer your legal questions.

CYNTHIA M. PYFROM, P.A. Matrimonial & Family Law
1500 Gateway Blvd., Suite 220
Boynton Beach, Florida 33426

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