Boca Raton Parenting & Timesharing Lawyer
When you are getting divorced and have minor children from your marriage, or you are splitting up from your ex and share minor children from the relationship, you will need to learn more about Florida child custody and time-sharing laws. When it comes to child custody and time-sharing, Florida law clarifies that “it is the public policy of this state that each minor child has frequent and continuing contract with both parents after the parents separate or the marriage is dissolved, and to encourage parents to share the rights and responsibilities, and joys, of childrearing.” In addition, Florida law makes clear that courts do not make presumptions for or against the mother or the father of the child.
Generally speaking, the process of determining child custody in Florida requires courts to consider a wide variety of factors in order to decide what type of arrangement is in the best interests of the child. An experienced Boca Raton parenting & timesharing lawyer at our firm can begin working on your case today.
Best Interests of the Child Standard in Boca Raton
When it is time to decide whether and how parents will share child custody—a term that now involves determining parental responsibility and a time-sharing schedule—the court will consider many different statutory factors that help to clarify what kind of custody arrangement is in the child’s best interests. Examples of statutory factors the court may consider include but are not limited to the following:
- Capacity and willingness of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close relationship between the child and the other parent;
- Capacity and demonstrated willingness of each parent to act in the child’s best interests over the desires of either parent;
- Length of time the child has lived in the current environment;
- Moral fitness of the parents;
- Mental health of the parents;
- Physical health of the parents;
- Child’s current home, school, and community;
- Reasonable preference of the child, if the child is old enough or mature enough to express a reasoned preference;
- Capacity and ability for each parent to provide the child with a consistent routine;
- Demonstrated capacity of each parent to communicate with the other parent about the child’s needs and issues; and
- Evidence of domestic violence or family abuse.
Developing a Boca Raton Parenting Plan
When it comes to child custody, parenting, and time-sharing in Florida, all parents must have a Parenting Plan. The Parenting Plan is necessary in all cases where the parents will share in a time-sharing arrangement. In situations where the parents can reach an agreement about a time-sharing schedule that is in the child’s best interests, they can work together to create a Parenting Plan that the court approves. If the parents cannot reach an agreement, the court will establish a Parenting Plan that is in the best interests of the child.
Learn More from a Boca Raton Parenting and Timesharing Attorney
When you need help with a child custody case, including parental responsibilities and Parenting Plan schedules, you should seek advice from one of our Boca Raton parenting and time-sharing attorneys. Our firm can help with your case. Contact The Law Offices of Caroline Olson, P.A. for more information.