Child Custody Laws in Florida
Family situations that require the help of an attorney can be confusing and heartbreaking. As a family lawyer with twenty years of experience Thomas Yardley understands the compassion and understanding necessary when dealing with these sensitive issues. Child custody is a question that often comes up. Below are a few notable aspects of the law regarding child custody in Florida.
- A child custody agreement is called a parenting plan, and is agreed upon by both parents and approved by the court.
- An approved plan includes details about how the parents will share and be held responsible for daily tasks necessary for rearing a child. It must include time spent with each parent, who will be responsible for schooling and health care related matters, and what technology parents will use to contact their children.
- A court can approve a parenting plan without the child present, especially if it appears that the child was removed from the court’s jurisdiction to avoid a change in the parenting plan.
- The court will make all of its decisions regarding the parenting plan based on the child’s best interest.
- In Florida the public policy is that each child have frequent and continuing contact with both parents after a separation. “There is no presumption for or against the father or mother.”
These are just a few pieces of Florida’s child custody laws to take into consideration. If you have any questions about how to put together a parenting plan that places your child’s best interests first, contact us today. Our attorneys are your allies and advocates when it comes to settling family issues in a fair and agreeable manner.