Shared Parenting in Florida

The custody plan of a child after a divorce in Florida can be decided in a court. The judge can order a visitation arrangement based on the needs of the child and the parents' abilities to care for the child. There are some issues surrounding child custody for both parents to keep in mind. The child can spend an equal amount of time with the father and mother or one parent may have full custody if the judge sees fit.

Both divorced parents should be careful not to put the child in the middle of any arguments, and the father and mother should come to a conclusion about a schedule for home and work that suits the needs of the child. Neither the father nor the mother should speak negatively about the other parent. During a divorce, both parents should conduct themselves in a professional manner.

Both parents should also share the responsibilities in raising the child. Even if custody is given to the mother, the father has custody rights that can be addressed with the help of an attorney. Many Florida judges will allow the father to spend as much time with the child as the mother.

A parenting plan can be established with the help of an attorney. This could benefit a father who works long hours during the week and who may not get to see the child as often as the mother. The child's preferences may be taken into consideration if the child is old enough. Other factors in the parenting plan include the location of the child's school and how long the child has lived in one area.

Source: The Florida Bar, "Parenting and Divorce Pamphlet", October 11, 2014


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