Parenting Plans/Time Sharing Plans/Child Custody

One of the most important elements of a divorce where children are involved is the establishment of a parenting plan/time sharing plan and the determination of the physical custody of the child. Because this is such an important issue for parents, this issue has the potential to create gridlock if it is not handled properly. It is important to hire an attorney who understands the volatility of child custody issues and who has the experience and skills necessary to guide clients through this challenging issue. Valdes Law Firm, P.A. can help you establish a parenting plan/time sharing plan that fulfills your needs as well as those of your children. We are focused on providing effective solutions that enable parents to preserve their relationships with their children. Contact us online or by calling (954)764-7878 to schedule your free initial consultation. Hablamos español.

Parenting plans/time sharing plans (physical custody)

The best interest of the child is the most important factor in determining the physical and legal custody of the child. In Florida, the physical custody of the child is generally determined by developing a parenting plan. It is the public policy of the State of Florida to assure that each minor child has frequent and continuing contact with both parents after the parents separate or divorce. That is why parents are encouraged to enter into a timesharing agreement amongst themselves and/or with the assistance of their respective attorneys. If the parties cannot reach an agreement, the timesharing arrangement or parenting plan will be determined by the court.

Determining a fair parenting plan that is in the best interest of the child can be difficult, especially when the parents disagree. Valdes Law Firm, P.A. can guide you and advocate your interests through this challenging process.

Shared parental responsibility (legal custody)

Shared parental responsibility means that both parents retain full parental rights and responsibilities with respect to their child and requires both parents to confer so that major decisions affecting the welfare of the child, including medical, religious and educational decisions, will be determined jointly. In ordering shared parental responsibility, the court may grant to one parent the ultimate responsibility over specific aspects of the child's welfare or may divide those aspects between the parents based on the best interests of the child.

Shared parental responsibility refers to the legal custody of the child as opposed to the physical custody of the child. Shared parental responsibility has nothing to do with where a child lives or the amount of time the child spends with each parent. Shared parenting only means that both parents have to confer with each other when making major decisions affecting the welfare of their child.

Although Florida courts generally favor shared parental responsibility, under certain circumstances, it is in the best interests of a child if only one parent has the right to make important decisions. In this case, sole parental responsibility may be awarded to one parent. A parent that is awarded sole parental responsibility is not required to take the other parent's opinions into consideration. Sole parental responsibility is usually not awarded unless one of the parents has demonstrated that having the other parent participate in making decisions affecting would be detrimental to the child.

Valdes Law Firm, P.A. can help you with any issues you may have regarding the custody of your children. Contact us online or by calling (954)764-7878 to schedule your free initial consultation today.

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