Child custody is a tenuous subject when parents decide to get divorced. Sometimes the thought of children having to sleep in two different environments where they may be exposed to circumstances and individuals that are not as stable as a one home environment with a set routine can be daunting. It is best to hire a Florida family law attorney to help with the process of setting up a parental plan that can be agreed upon by both parties to a divorce.
Florida child custody laws help determine which parent a child will live with and who will make legal decisions concerning their life regarding education, religion, disciplinary matters and medical decisions. The state of Florida no refers to child custody as time-sharing agreements between divorcing parents, where one parent may have sole parental responsibility or where one parent may have more parenting time with a child. Physical custody refers to the parent who establishes a home for the child. A custodial parent is the one who cares for, controls events in a minor child’s life while maintaining the necessities of daily living. A non-custodial parent is one that financially supports a child but has an agreed upon schedule called time-sharing where they are able to spend time with the child based on a predetermined schedule with the other parent. In certain cases, if a parent is a threat to the child, custodial rights can be taken away based on court decisions after hearings and reviews are concluded. Sole custody is when a parent has full custody of a child with the financial support of the other parent and they make all decisions regarding the minor child.
The parental plan that is developed during the course of the divorce will outline the elements of shared parental responsibility regarding child support, holiday travel, and visitation with the non-custodial parent, or if joint custody is established, whereby the child lives in two homes for certain periods of time each week and both parents have to approve all decisions related to a minor child. Sole custody impacts the amount of child support paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent for the child’s living expenses and is part of a parental plan. This document outlines time-sharing agreements, decision making issues, child support issues, and legal control over events in a minor child’s life. A family law attorney can help in the preparation and filing of a parental plan that has been agreed upon by both parties to a divorce. It is important that all paperwork is completed and filed the correct way, since it impacts the livelihood of your family.
Hire an attorney.
If you are going through a divorce action, you know how important it can be for you to be confident in the safety and continued care of your children. To make certain that all important matters are addressed regarding where a child lives after a divorce, how expenses and basic needs of children regarding food, shelter, clothing, education and other activities will be handled, it is imperative that a parental plan outlining time-sharing be developed and submitted with the help of an attorney in Tampa. You should seek out the services of an experienced attorney at the Law Offices of Yeazell and Sweet who will prepare the necessary paperwork for a parenting plan, including time-sharing in Tampa Florida.
Yeazell and Sweet Law Offices
Tampa Florida Location:
3301 N. Rocky Point Drive E, Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: (813) 956-2224