What is parental responsibility in Florida?

“Parental responsibility” essentially means the rights and responsibilities that you and your spouse will have with respect your child . Parental responsibility includes what type of time-sharing (custody) arrangement a parent will have, as well as the type of rights the parent has with respect to making decisions for issues in a child’s life after the divorce.

Florida law provides that parental responsibility should be shared by both you and your spouse unless credible evidence is shown this would be detrimental to your child.

Creating a Parenting Plan

In Florida, a Parenting Plan is required in all cases involving time-sharing with minor child(ren), even when timesharing is not in dispute. A parenting plan is a written document that outlines your parental responsibility and how you and your spouse will continue to care for and provide for your child after your divorce.

The court determines all matters relating to parenting and time-sharing of each minor child  in accordance with the best interests of the child. In creating the Parenting Plan, all circumstances between you and your spouse including your historic relationship, domestic violence, and other factors will  be taken into consideration.

To learn more about parenting plans in more depth click here.

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