Understanding Florida Parenting Plans Today
We’ve come a long way since the days mothers were given sole custody and fathers saw their children on weekends and holidays. Today’s parenting plans (formerly called “custody agreement”) and timesharing schedules (previously termed “visitation”) are intended to give both parents fairly equal access and time with their children.
In Florida, “parental responsibility” – the right to make decisions regarding a child’s education, medical and religious matters – is commonly shared by both parents. However, one parent may be given sole parental responsibility regarding one or more of these matters if exigent circumstances exist.
More About Paternity
There are many factors that can affect physical custody. Paternity is one of them. In cases where parents were never married, paternity will have to be determined in order to create child support and custody plans. Naming the father on the birth certificate does not prove paternity for unmarried parents.
Factors Than Can Determine Your Parenting Plan
In cases where a child is old enough to express a preference – such as a teenager – may affect physical custody. A history of abuse, neglect or violence will also affect physical custody. Addiction, incapacity, incarceration and other disabling issues can affect the way Florida custody is determined.
Speaking with an experienced family law attorney to find out how specific extenuating circumstances may affect your custody or another Florida family law matter is a good first step.
A Skilled Family Lawyer, Here To Help You
Family law attorney Kim Kaszuba has years of legal experience and is a board-certified Florida family lawyer. She helps clients throughout Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco Counties.
If you are looking for more information about Florida parenting plans as it relates to your circumstances, schedule an appointment with Kim today.