The concept of child custody was abolished in Florida in October of 2008. The concepts of Custody, Primary Residential Care and Secondary Residential Care have been replaced with the concept of Parenting Plans and Time-Sharing. With help from our team at Beaulieu-Fawcett | Newell Law Group, P.A., you can be certain that you are putting your child’s needs first. Our Delray Beach parenting plan lawyers are committed to helping you safeguard your child’s wellbeing.
What is a Parenting Plan?
This document governs the way the parties relate to one another about the decisions made regarding children.
It includes a time-sharing schedule that dictates when the children will be spending time with each parent, including:
- And holiday and summer breaks
Also included is how often and the method of technologies that the parents will use to communicate with the children. If a Parenting Plan can be developed and agreed to by the parents then it only needs the approval of the Court to become binding.
However, if the parents cannot agree, the schedule will be established by the Court’s determination. Parenting Plans are some of the most challenging and difficult aspects of a divorce case. The parents must work through or litigate who the children will live with most of the time; and it can be a terrifying, frustrating and demanding process.
Shared Parental Responsibility
The Court feels that both parents should be actively involved in their children's lives, education, religious upbringing, health and welfare. Shared parental responsibility is the legal presumption in Florida. The Court will grant shared parental responsibility unless one parent is truly unfit. Otherwise, both parents will work together jointly raising their children.
Best Interest of the Child
The best interest of the minor child is the bottom line standard that the Courts consider in making parenting plan determinations. The Judge has wide leeway in making a decision as to what is in the best interest of the minor child(ren). Many parents get caught up in their own wants and needs or their perceived "rights” and forget that the Court only is concerned with what is in the best interest of their children.
We Have Been Where You Are
At Beaulieu-Fawcett | Newell Law Group, members of our team have endured just such a custody fight. We understand what you are going through, what you are feeling, and what you want for you and your children.
Our firm has had the opportunity to see the way judges make these decisions, and that experience gives us the ability to emphasis the important facts, evidence and testimony to give you the ability to prevail in such a legal battle.
"Very efficient staff. Always responded in timely manner with clear communications. They are compassionate and tough when necessary. At mediation, Stacy was well prepared and she got results above my expectations."Nancy
"I know first hand the dedication this firm has to its clients. It is a pleasure to be working with the Beaulieu-Fawcett team."Mulberry Legal Services, Inc.
"... proceeded with my case better than I ever expected. She was efficient, timely and compassionate. I would definitely refer family and friends to her if needed."Fran
Award Winning Attorneys
Well Known in the Community
Serving Your Children’s Best Interests
Committed to Protecting Your Rights
Exclusively Practices Family Law
Free Case Assessment