Defining Parental Responsibilities and Rights in Florida
With how emotionally charged child custody and timesharing disputes can be, it is important to keep in mind how difficult this time is for the children and to focus on putting their interests first. When parents divorce or separate, it is difficult on everyone involved, especially on the children. Parents face anxiety about their parental rights and time with their children. Children face concerns about whether the separation was their fault, how their lives will change and if their parents will feel differently about them after the divorce.
Parenting Plans and Timesharing in South Florida
Florida child custody laws changed in 2008, essentially removing terms like child custody and visitation from the statutes. Rather than defining primary physical mother or father child custody and visitation rights, new laws require parents to work out a comprehensive parenting plan which clearly defines parental responsibility and time-sharing arrangements. Additionally, Florida laws now emphasize the importance of both father’s rights and mother’s rights as well as both father and mother playing an active role in the lives of their children. Therefore, absent abuse, neglect or other proof that a parent is unfit, Florida courts favor parenting plans rather than custodial cases that provide for significant involvement by both parents.
In order to be approved by the court, parenting plans must thoroughly address:
- How parents will share in the daily upbringing of the children
- How days, weekends, holidays and vacations will be shared by parents, including day-to-day schedule arrangements
- Which parent will be responsible for providing health care coverage
- How parents will share responsibility with regard to child support, medical concerns, education concerns, day-to-day activities and other matters
- How parents will communicate with each other and with the child
- Which parent’s address shall be used for school registration purposes
Our family law attorneys can help you negotiate a custody case thorough parenting plan that focuses on the best interests of your children as well as your goals. If a fair parenting plan cannot be achieved, we can guide you through mediation or represent your interests at trial.
Contact our Boca Raton child custody lawyers at Brodie & Friedman, P.A. We can answer your questions, help you understand how child custody laws have changed in Florida and guide you through the legal process.
Throughout the legal process of child support, child custodial cases, father’s rights and mother’s custody cases; our lawyers are committed to protecting what matters most for our clients. To learn more about our approach to client service on Florida parenting plan issues, contact the Law Office of Family lawyers Brodie & Friedman, P.A., in Boca Raton, Florida