What Is In The Best Interests Of Your Children?
Decisions involving children can be the most stressful matters in ending a relationship. Issues of residence and contact often lead to the worst disputes between couples. Fortunately, The Minaya Law Offices, PLLC, stands ready to provide the assertive representation you need. With an office in Plantation, we are prepared to represent clients throughout South Florida.
Child Custody Or Time Sharing
Time sharing describes the legal and practical relationship between a parent and his or her child, such as the right of the parent to make decisions and the amount of parental responsibility each parent has for the child. This includes time spent with the child, medical decisions, educational decisions, religious matters and any other matter of importance for the child and parents.
It is the public policy of Florida that each minor child has frequent and continuing contact with both parents after the parents separate or the marriage is dissolved and to encourage parents to share the rights, responsibilities and joys of child-rearing.
Forms Of Child Custody/Time sharing
Forms of child custody/timesharing arrangements include:
- Joint custody means both parents have legal custody and/or physical custody. Florida favors joint legal custody. In Florida, joint custody is called shared parental responsibility, and both parents must approve all decisions related to the child. In this situation, one parent is named the primary joint custodian and the other parent is granted visitation, so the child has a primary residence, school and a designated primary physician.
- Sole custody means one parent has physical and legal custody of the child/children. The other parent can still have visitation.
What Is A Parenting Plan?
“Parenting plan” is the legal term for a child custody agreement. It lays out each parent’s rights and obligations related to when the child will live with them, and the parents’ rights to make decisions about the child’s upbringing (where they will go to school, who their pediatrician will be, etc.). It is legally binding, but either parent can ask the court to modify it if doing so is in the child’s best interests.
While determining what’s in the best interest of the child, the court will examine numerous factors, including the ability of each parent to meet the child’s needs, the mental and physical health of each parent, and the ability of each parent to provide a consistent routine for the child.
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No matter which South Florida community you live in, it is wise to seek the counsel of a skilled family law attorney as early as possible. At The Minaya Law Offices, PLLC, our lawyer can listen to the facts of your situation and provide clear direction and strong representation. Call or email us to schedule a consultation. Se habla español.