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Oldsmar Child Custody Attorneys

Helping Oldsmar Parents Involved Regarding Parental Responsibility Or Visitation Disputes

Oldsmar Florida Child Custody Attorneys & Child Visitation Dispute Lawyer FLWhile many of us still refer to “child custody,” Florida law has changed to more accurately reflect the way we perceive parenting as a society. In the past, the way that parental rights were allocated were divided into legal custody, which referred to the right to make decisions about the way that a child is raised, and physical custody, which referred to the time actually spent with a child.

Current Florida law now refers to legal custody as “parental responsibility” and physical custody as “time-sharing.” While the law has been updated to reflect this language, parents, lawyers, and even judges may still refer to these concepts in regard to “custody.”

Regardless of what you call it, the right to spend time with your child and the be involved in major decisions about the way they are raised are extremely important to most parents. Child custody issues are often decided as part of a divorce, but also can arise between unmarried parents. Regardless of your situation, if you are involved in a dispute regarding your parental rights, you should retain an attorney immediately.

How Courts Decide Child Custody in Oldsmar, Florida

When courts decide issues regarding parenting time in Florida, they are required to consider the best interests of the child. Courts will order shared parental responsibility unless the judge deems that shared responsibility is not in the child’s best interest. The is a rebuttable presumption that if a parent has been convicted of a 1st-degree misdemeanor or higher involving domestic violence, it is not in the child’s best interests to order shared parental responsibility.

When determining a child’s best interests, a court will consider a number of factors, including the following:

  • The parents’ moral fitness
  • The preferences of the child, if the court decides that the child has the intelligence, understanding, and experience to express a preference
  • The demonstrated ability and disposition of the parents to determine, consider, and act upon the needs of the child as opposed to their own needs
  • The home, community, and school record of the child
  • The length of time the child has lived in a satisfactory and stable environment and the desirability of maintain continuity
  • Any other issues that the court deems relevant

What You Should Know about Parenting Plans in Florida

Under Florida law, parents must create and submit a parenting plan in every case where time-sharing is at issue. If the parenting plan is in the best interests of the child, it will likely be approved by the court – if it is not, the court will come up with one on its own. As a result, if the parents can agree upon a parenting plan, it is likely that it will be approved, allowing both parents to participate in the decision-making process. Some of the issues that a parenting plan needs to address include the following:

  • How the parents will share responsibility for the daily tasks associated with raising a child
  • The time-sharing schedule
  • A designation of who will be responsible for decisions regarding educational matters, health care, and other activities
  • The ways that the parents will communicate with the child or children

Call the Dolman Law Group to Speak with an Oldsmar, FL Child Custody Lawyer

If you are involved in a dispute about how you will split parenting time or parental responsibilities, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. At the Dolman Law Group, our experienced child custody lawyers are committed to representing the rights of parents involved in custody disputes and work hard to ensure that each case we take is resolved as favorably as possible. To schedule a consultation with an attorney, call us today or contact us online.