What 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.
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:
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.
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..