Seminole Child Custody Lawyer
The term “Child Custody,” was replaced with “Parenting Plans,” in 2008. Parenting Plan battles are often the most emotionally difficult aspects of divorce. Fortunately, the state of Florida has helped the situation somewhat when the adoption of a new provision of statute §61 – Parenting Plans and Time-Sharing. We now talk in terms of parenting-time and shared parental responsibility rather that in terms of Primary/Secondary Residential Care and Custody.
The Parenting Plan is a document that governs the way the parties relate to one another about the decisions made regarding children and includes a time-sharing schedule that dictates when the children will be spending time with each parent, including overnights, weekends, holidays and summer breaks. Also included is how often and the method of technologies that the parents will use to communicate with the children. If a Parenting Plan can be developed and agreed to by the parents then it only needs the approval of the Court to become binding. However, if the parents cannot agree, the schedule will be established by the Court’s determination.
Parenting Plans are some of the most challenging and difficult aspects of a divorce case. The parents must work through or litigate who the children will live with most of the time; and it can be a terrifying, frustrating, and demanding process.
Shared Parental Responsibility is the legal presumption in Florida. The Court feels that both parents should be actively involved in their children’s lives, education, religious upbringing, health and welfare. The Court will grant Shared Parental Responsibility unless one parent is truly unfit. Otherwise, both parents will work together jointly raising their children.
The Best Interest of the Minor Child is the bottom line standard that the Courts consider in making parenting plan determinations. The Judge has wide leeway in making decisions as to what is in the BEST INTEREST OF THE MINOR CHILDREN. Many parents get caught up in what “they want and need,” and forget that the Court only is concerned with what is in the best interest of the children.
When faced with selecting a Seminole Child Custody Lawyer, we would be glad to offer our services. Call us at 727-641-9977 and see why we are considered the area’s #1 & Premier Seminole Child Custody Lawyer.