Jupiter Parenting & Timesharing Lawyer
When you share children in common with another person, both parents likely have an intense interest in being present in their children’s lives, and having a say in matters related to their upbringing. When married parents divorce or unmarried couples split up, it is essential to have court orders in place regarding the physical and legal custody of the children, known in Florida as parenting and timesharing.
When the custody of your children is at stake, you want a Jupiter parenting lawyer who understands the gravity of the situation and is in your corner fighting for you and your children.
We Protect What is Most Precious
During a divorce, custody case or paternity suit, protecting the relationship with your children may be the most important aspect in your life. We understand that a custody battle can be overwhelming for parents and children. At the Law Offices of Caroline Olson, P.A., we work hard to make custody issues easier for our clients.
The Law Offices of Caroline Olson, P.A., has provided child custody representation in South Florida for decades. We focus on structuring a parenting plan that specifies how you will handle custody, visitation, education, extracurricular activities, religion, vacations and holidays. When parents agree on a plan, the judge is likely to approve it. When parents cannot agree, the judge decides the custody arrangements.
We work with you to anticipate the unique needs and specific interests of your child. We draft your parenting plan to serve your child’s needs and interests and to protect the relationship that you have with your child. Your parenting plan includes a determination of which parent has ultimate decision making authority regarding your child’s schooling and medical care. The plan will also include a parenting timesharing schedule.
If an agreement with the other parent cannot be reached, we advocate to the fullest extent of the law for the court to adopt the parenting plan that you believe serves the best interests of your child. We understand that your child is your highest priority and it is our highest priority to achieve a parenting plan that meets your child’s best interests. We are your voice for your child. We present the court with the circumstances you know to be most important for your child and apply them to the legal factors required by the court.
If you have never been married to the other parent of your child and you or the other parent is looking to protect your parenting rights, you will need a paternity parenting plan.
Parenting Plans & Timesharing Schedules
A parenting plan is an official, court-approved document that governs the relationship between the parents regarding decisions about the children’s education, health care and well-being. A parenting plan also includes a timesharing schedule for the parents and children. At a minimum, the parenting plan should include all of the following elements:
- Describe in adequate detail how the parents will share and be responsible for the daily tasks of bringing up a child
- Cover the timesharing schedule arrangements, specifying the time the child will spend with each parent
- Designate which parent will be responsible (or how they will share responsibility) for health care decisions, educational matters and other activities
- Describe in adequate detail what methods and technologies the parents will use to communicate with the child
The more detailed the plan, the easier it is to follow without disputes arising over how to solve matters that weren’t addressed in the plan. The parenting plan can be developed and agreed to by the parents and approved by the court, or it can be established by the court if the parents can’t agree or their plan isn’t approved.
At The Law Offices of Caroline Olson, P.A., we have found that an agreed plan is more likely to meet the unique needs of the family, and the parents will be more committed to making the plan work, having invested their own time and energy into creating it. We can help you create a parenting plan that works through negotiations or mediation. We are also well skilled to present your best case as your effective advocate in court for the best interests of you and your children.
How do Florida courts decide parenting and timesharing?
In deciding a parenting plan and timesharing in the child’s best interests, the courts are obligated to consider all factors affecting the interests and welfare of the particular child and family circumstances. Specifically, the judge, at a minimum, must look into all of the factors outlined in Florida Statutes 61.13, which are:
- The demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship, to honor the timesharing schedule, and to be reasonable when changes are required.
- The anticipated division of parental responsibilities after the litigation, including the extent to which parental responsibilities will be delegated to third parties.
- The demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to determine, consider, and act upon the needs of the child as opposed to the needs or desires of the parent.
- The length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment and the desirability of maintaining continuity.
- The geographic viability of the parenting plan, with special attention paid to the needs of school-age children and the amount of time to be spent traveling to effectuate the parenting plan. This factor does not create a presumption for or against relocation of either parent with a child.
- The moral fitness of the parents.
- The mental and physical health of the parents.
- The home, school, and community record of the child.
- The reasonable preference of the child, if the court deems the child to be of sufficient intelligence, understanding, and experience to express a preference.
- The demonstrated knowledge, capacity, and disposition of each parent to be informed of the circumstances of the minor child, including, but not limited to, the child’s friends, teachers, medical care providers, daily activities, and favorite things.
- The demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to provide a consistent routine for the child, such as discipline, and daily schedules for homework, meals, and bedtime.
- The demonstrated capacity of each parent to communicate with and keep the other parent informed of issues and activities regarding the minor child, and the willingness of each parent to adopt a unified front on all major issues when dealing with the child.
- Evidence of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, child abandonment, or child neglect, regardless of whether a prior or pending action relating to those issues has been brought. If the court accepts evidence of prior or pending actions regarding domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, child abandonment, or child neglect, the court must specifically acknowledge in writing that such evidence was considered when evaluating the best interests of the child.
- Evidence that either parent has knowingly provided false information to the court regarding any prior or pending action regarding domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, child abandonment, or child neglect.
- The particular parenting tasks customarily performed by each parent and the division of parental responsibilities before the institution of litigation and during the pending litigation, including the extent to which parenting responsibilities were undertaken by third parties.
- The demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to participate and be involved in the child’s school and extracurricular activities.
- The demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to maintain an environment for the child which is free from substance abuse.
- The capacity and disposition of each parent to protect the child from the ongoing litigation as demonstrated by not discussing the litigation with the child, not sharing documents or electronic media related to the litigation with the child, and refraining from disparaging comments about the other parent to the child.
- The developmental stages and needs of the child and the demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to meet the child’s developmental needs.
- Any other factor that is relevant to the determination of a specific parenting plan, including the timesharing schedule.
Jupiter and Boca Raton divorce lawyer Caroline Rachel Olson is a skilled and experienced attorney who thoroughly understands how to approach these factors, build a strong case, and present a convincing argument to the judge based on the facts and applicable law. We know how important it is for you to continue to take a meaningful and active part in your children’s lives. Don’t let divorce get in the way of your relationship with your children.
Relocation Parenting Plan
If you have custody of your child or shared parenting time, and you or your spouse plan to move more than 50 miles away, a relocation petition will need to be filed with the court. You will need a parenting plan and a court order before you will be allowed to move with your child. If an agreement with the other parent cannot be reached, the court will apply legal factors to your specific circumstances to determine whether to allow the relocation of your child. Florida Statute 61.13001 Parental relocation with a child.
Child Support Guidelines
The amount of child support is based on a formula referred to as the child support guidelines. Florida Statute 61.30 Child support guidelines; retroactive child support.
Florida requires parents who file for divorce to complete a 4 hour parenting course. The parenting course reviews best parenting principles for children experiencing divorce. The course reminds us of the goal of all loving parents, putting your children’s needs first.
Call Jupiter Family Lawyer Caroline Rachel Olson for Help with Parenting & Timesharing
For help with parenting & timesharing in a Florida divorce or child custody dispute, contact The Law Offices of Caroline Olson, P.A., at our offices in Jupiter or Boca Raton. We approach your matter with caring and compassion for the challenges you face, combined with the confidence and capability needed to get results.