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Largo Child Custody Attorneys

Working with Parents in Largo, Florida with Issues Related to Time-Sharing and Parental Responsibility

Largo Florida Child Custody Attorneys Child Support Lawyer FLWhat you may refer to as “child custody” is now called “parental responsibility” and “time-sharing” under Florida law. Parental responsibility refers to the right to make decisions about the way that a child is raised, while time-sharing refers to the amount of time a parent actually spends with a child. These terms take the place of “legal custody” and “physical custody,” respectively.
Disputes regarding parental responsibility and time-sharing can be extremely difficult to resolve, as parents often have very strong feelings about the way their child should be raised and want to spend as much time with them as possible. The most effective thing you can do as a parent to maximize the chances of obtaining the custody arrangement you seek is to retain an attorney as soon as possible.

How Do Courts in Largo Decide on Child Custody, Child Support & Visitation Cases?

Under Florida law, courts are required to decide issues regarding time-sharing and parental responsibility in consideration of the best interests of the child. Courts will order shared parental responsibility unless they determine that such an order would detrimental. Importantly, there is no presumption in favor of either the mother or the father of the child or for or against any time-sharing schedule when creating a parenting plan.

Here are some of the factors that courts consider when determining the best interests of the child:The moral fitness of the parents:

  • The willingness and ability of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship, to honor the time-sharing schedule, and to be reasonable when changes are required
  • The reasonable preferences of the child, if the court determines that the child has sufficient understanding, intelligence, and experience to express a preference
  • The demonstrated capacity and willingness of each parent to provide a consistent routine for the child, such as discipline, and daily schedules for meals, homework, and bedtime
  • The demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to participate and be involved in the child’s school and extracurricular activities
  • Any other factor that is relevant to the determination of a specific parenting plan, including the time-sharing schedule

Understanding the Importance of Your Parenting Plan

Parents who are involved in proceedings where time-sharing is an issue are required to submit a parenting plan to the court. If you and your spouse are able to agree on a reasonable parenting plan that the court does not believe is not in the best interests of the child, it will likely accept that parenting plan. As a result,  agreeing on how to share parenting responsibilities often does away with the uncertainty involved in having a court decide an issue for you. In many cases, the help of an experienced lawyer can help you come to a mutually agreeable parenting plan with the other parent of your child.

Call the Dolman Law Group Today to Speak with a Largo Child Custody & Child Support Lawyer

If you are involved in a dispute regarding child custody with your child’s other parent, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. The lawyers of the Dolman Law Group are skilled Largo Child Custody attorneys who understand how to represent mothers and fathers seeking a particular time-sharing or parental responsibility arrangement. To speak one of our attorneys, call us today or contact us online..