Child Custody & Parenting Plans
Understanding Florida Parenting Plans and Time-Sharing Agreements
Recent changes in Florida family law mean that divorce lawyers and their clients need to get used to new terminology on the range of legal and practical issues formerly known as child custody and visitation. Parenting plan and time-sharing are the new terms for the decisions that divorcing parents need to make about primary residence, legal custody and the noncustodial parent’s right to regular access to the children.
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At Moraitis & Raimondi, LLP, in Fort Lauderdale, we have worked with divorcing parents for more than 30 years. We know how difficult it can be to avoid and resolve disputes over primary residence, visitation schedules and other concerns that go to the heart of the parent-child relationship. Contact us to learn how you can benefit from our experience with parenting issues in Florida divorce.
You’ll come to understand that parents have a great deal of control over the resolution of problems related to parenting plans and time-sharing. We will work closely with you to make sure that your goals and decisions are based on a clear understanding of your rights and responsibilities under Florida law. Once you have your priorities in place, we will find the most effective ways to help you achieve them.
Most parenting plan and time-sharing disputes are worked out through negotiation or mediation, but it is sometimes necessary to take a case to court. It’s essential to understand that Florida judges resolve disputes between parents according to the best interests of the children involved, not the preferences or convenience of the parents. You should also know that Florida law presumes that a substantial and stable relationship with both parents is in each child’s best interests.
It can be difficult when parents divorce, not only for the children but also for the extended family who have built a relationship with the child. Grandparents in particular often have close relationships with their grandchildren. A divorce, however, can put that relationship in jeopardy.
In Florida, custody arrangements are now referred to as parenting plans. Just like a custody arrangement, in a parenting plan it is important to include information regarding…
Difficult economic conditions aggravated by the financial problems often generated by divorce can lead people to consider moving away from South Florida in order to be closer to relatives or find better employment in another state. When a parent with primary physical custody of a child is thinking about relocation, the other parent’s interest in regular visitation will be significantly affected.
Under Florida law, time-sharing refers to the time that a child spends with each parent, and it is an essential part of any parenting plan. By creating a comprehensive time-sharing schedule today, you can avoid serious disputes in the future.