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General Family Law Information

Topic: Parenting Plans

Florida Legislature no longer recognizes the terms "child custody" or "custody agreements", which have been replaced with "Shared Parenting", "Time Sharing", and "Parenting Plans." Time Sharing refers to the legal guardian status, residency, and caretaking responsibilities of a minor child.

A Parenting Plan is the sum of all child related issues, such as who the child will primarily reside with, visitation arrangements and schedules, the amount of child support to be paid (and by whom), and any other issues relating to the well being of a minor child.

While this has been confusing for many families in addressing issues relating to minor children, for the most part, this is simply a change in official legal terms that the courts use for the same child related issues.

In the State of Florida, the court has the authority to legally render decisions which pertain to the Time Sharing (custody / visitation) and Parenting plans (custody agreements).

Florida Time Sharing and Parenting Plan laws provide guidelines for accessing and making decisions regarding the legal and physical care of children which are affected by the divorce of a married couple, or unmarried partners which are no longer cohabitating.

The objective of Florida's Time Sharing and Parenting Plan laws is to act in the best interest of the child, while utilizing the guidelines of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, as well as the current State and Local Laws.

Unless special circumstances dictate otherwise, the court will typically rule in favor for a parenting plan in which a child is able to maintain frequent contact with of their both parents.

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Bradenton Family Law Attorneys Serving:

Manatee County Florida, including: Bradenton, Anna Maria, Bayshore Gardens, Bradenton Beach, Cortez, Ellenton, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, Myakka City, Oneco, Palmetto, Samoset, South Bradenton, West Bradenton, Whitfield.


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