When it comes to matters involving children including the calculation of child support, few people are actually prepared for the emotional toll that these legal battles can take. After years of helping clients through the challenging circumstance of child custody battles for parental responsibility and timeshare schedules and child support cases, I have learned that having an experienced attorney who can be attentive to your family’s needs throughout the entire process can make all the difference in the world.
What do I need to know about child custody cases?
Whether custody is being decided as part of a divorce action, or in a situation where two parents decide not to raise their child together, a Parenting Plan and time-share schedule must be established to outline what happens to the child going forward. If the parents cannot agree on how to share the responsibilities for being parents as well as how to share the child’s time, the court will decide for the parents. As part of the process, the court must focus on the best interests of the child with the general view that it is in the child’s best interests to have frequent and continuing contact with both parents whenever possible. The courts give fathers the same consideration as mothers in determining what is best for a child. Further, there is no specific time-share schedule preferred by a court. A parenting decision is based on an analysis of each family’s specific facts after applying the statutory factors set forth in Florida Statutes 61.13. Each case is weighed on an individual basis.