Family Law Attorney: Shared Parenting and Visitation
The staff at the law offices of Stephen K. Miller, P.A., recognizes that child custody and time sharing decisions are some of the most important aspects of a Florida divorce proceeding. This is why it is imperative that anyone with children, considering divorce, hire a law firm that strives to help their clients determine custody issues and schedules that are in the best interest of the children.
Florida child custody laws empower the courts with the responsibility of determining issues that pertain to child custody and shared parenting. These laws deal specifically with the legal and physical care of children whose parents are divorcing and are designed to favor the best interests of a child.
Florida child custody laws mimic the public policy of the state of Florida, which favors a childâ€™s frequent contact with both biological parents and they encourage both the rights and responsibilities of shared parenting.
Florida Shared Parenting and Joint Custody
Shared parental responsibility is not the same as joint custody. In creating existing family laws, the Florida legislature determined that both parents should be involved in the lives of their children. As a result, parents share the responsibility for the care, custody, and control of a child. Under Florida family law, shared parenting or shared parental responsibility is expected. This means that both parents are to make all decisions on matters relating to the welfare of the child, including decisions about education, health and religion.
Child Custody Factors to Consider
During divorce proceedings, the courts will consider a number of factors in order to determine the best interest the child. These factors may include:
1 the emotional ties that exist between the parents and the child
2 the mental and physical health, as well as the morality of the parents
3 the likelihood of the primary parent allowing contact between the child and the secondary parent
In limited cases, Florida family court may also allow rotating custody, whereby the child spends equal time with both parents.
Understanding Florida Child Custody Laws
Only a qualified family law attorney can help you to sort out the legal nuances and the challenging road ahead, as you consider the future of your child following a divorce.
With our vast experience in Florida divorce law, the team at the law offices of Stephen K. Miller can explain how shared parental responsibilities or sole custody may factor into your custody case and how they may affect the lives of you and your children. Our team of legal experts can also help you come up with a time sharing/visitation schedule that can work for everyone involved.
To learn more about our commitment to you and the future of your children, contact one of the family law experts at the law offices of Stephen K. Miller, P.A.
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