Parental Responsibility Lawyers in Clearwater, FL
No two families are exactly the same. As a result, parental responsibility and timesharing arrangements can be as unique as the families they’re designed to accommodate. Courts are tasked with dividing parental responsibility between the parents in such a way that best promotes the child’s best interest. Florida family court judges are expected to take great care to ensure that a parenting plan will promote the best interests of the children affected while also honoring the rights of the parents involved. Below, learn more about the different types of parental responsibility that exist in Florida, and contact the compassionate and effective family law attorneys at The Law Firm for Family Law if you need legal support for a child custody dispute in Clearwater.
Shared Parenting Responsibility
Beginning in 2008, the state of Florida moved away from a system of determining one parent to be the “primary” parent and the other to be the “secondary” parent, with that secondary parent merely visiting with their child rather than parenting them. The parties, or the Courts if necessary, now put in place a Parenting Plan and timesharing agreement. Under these plans and agreements, parents are provided with various types of parental authority regarding their rights to make decisions about the child’s education, medical care, after-school activities, and other decisions about their upbringing. The timesharing agreement establishes the time each parent spends physically caring for their children. The timesharing arrangements can vary from 50%/50% timesharing to one or the other parent having majority timesharing, depending upon the facts of the case.
Florida courts may modify shared parenting time agreements to place certain limits on one parent’s rights to make decisions about their child, or they may place conditions on a parent’s interactions with the child. For example, if one parent has consistently refused to take their child to necessary medical appointments or after-school activities that the court determines to be in the child’s best interests, the court may grant sole parental responsibility on the issue of medical care or after-school activities to the other parent only. In another scenario, a court may dictate that a parent cannot have parenting time with their child until they submit to mental health screening.
Sole Parental Responsibility:
In very rare cases, the Court will award one parent sole parental responsibility. In this instance, the Court will grant one parent the authority to make all legal decisions on that child’s behalf. Sole parental responsibility is unusual, as the Court wants both parents involved in the child’s life and decision making but, when it is detrimental for the child for the parents to have shared parental responsibility, the Court can aware one parent sole parental responsibility. In these cases, the amount of timesharing the problem parent is awarded can vary from supervised timesharing to a more normal but limited timesharing schedule.
Help with Your Children’s Issues:
If you face a situation where parental responsibility or timesharing is going to be an issue in Pinellas County, you want to trust that the court will make a decision that best provides for the safety and emotional well-being of your children. Having the right attorney on your side during these disputes can make all the difference. At The Law Firm for Family Law, our board certified expert in marital and family law has extensive experience in advocating on behalf of loving and concerned parents who wish to sustain a healthy relationship with their children after a divorce. We understand how critical the outcome is for both you and your children, and we will fight hard on your behalf.
Help is Available in Child Custody, Timesharing & Parenting Issues
For assistance with Florida child custody issues in Palm Harbor, Dunedin, East Lake, New Port Richey or any place in Pinellas or Pasco County, please contact the compassionate and dedicated family law attorneys at The Law Firm for Family Law at 727-531-8737.