In Florida, children now spend time with their parents according to a parenting plan established between the parents. To minimize courtroom battles that pit parents against each other, state laws and courts have moved away from using words such as “custody” and “residential parent.” Time with children is now determined based on the “best interest” standard. By avoiding language that sets up a win-lose dynamic, the hope is that parents will look for solutions in which everyone wins, and parents will be able to co-parent more effectively after the divorce.
At The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A., I have helped many people develop fair parenting plans, visitation and time-sharing agreements. The circumstances of all of my clients are unique. I help my clients by listening carefully to their circumstances and coming up with solutions tailored for their situations.
Factors That Must Be Considered
As your child custody lawyer, I will help use the following factors to determine the best time-sharing schedule for the children.
- Facilitating frequent contact — A willingness by parents to show that they are following the parenting plan, allowing for reasonable changes in the schedule, and helping to encourage a close relationship with the other parent
- Determining parental responsibilities criteria — Evaluating who is in the best position to assume certain parental tasks
- Helping figure out how each parent will 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 how to maintain this continuity
- The geographic viability of the parenting plan
- The moral fitness of each parent
- The mental and physical health of each parent
- The school and community record of the children
The court will also consider:
- The reasonable preference of the child
- If each parent wants to be informed of the circumstances of the minor child
- How each parent intends to provide a consistent routine for the child, including discipline and daily schedules
- How each parent communicates with each other, keeping each other informed of issues and activities regarding the minor child
- If there is evidence of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, child abandonment or child neglect
- If a parent has knowingly provided false information to the court
- The division of parental responsibilities
- How each parent plans to participate and be involved in the child’s school and extracurricular activities
- The disposition of each parent to maintain an environment for the child which is free from substance abuse
- How each parent intends to protect the child from ongoing litigation
- How each parent will handle developmental stages and needs of the child
- Any other factor that is relevant to the determination of a specific parenting plan, including the time-sharing schedule
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