While a divorce itself can be a complex, frustrating matter, when children are involved the divorcing couple is even more likely to become engaged in heated debates. Parents often have very different ideas regarding the care and welfare of growing children, and these disputes can put tremendous pressure on the entire divorce proceeding. It is critical to seek the counsel of an experienced attorney who can provide the legal guidance and insight you need from start to finish.
At the Law Offices of Fernando Iglesias, we have extensive experience representing clients in DeLand and communities throughout Central Florida in a broad range of family law matters. With more than two decades of legal experience to draw upon, we will aggressively fight to protect the rights of our clients and well-being of their children.
Over the years, there have been numerous phrases tied to this aspect of divorce — legal custody, physical custody or visitation, to name a few. Recent changes in Florida statutes have built all of these aspects into one concept — parenting time. The state recognizes that, unless there are extreme circumstances, both parents play a critical role in the growth and maturation of the child. By working through the legal system to develop a comprehensive parenting plan, both parents can provide strong input and suggestions.
Typically, a parenting plan focuses on three areas.
- Time sharing: Similar to custody and visitation, time sharing allows parents to clearly describe at what physical location the child will stay. This aspect of a parenting plan will also discuss weekends, holidays and special circumstances regarding a pick-up/drop-off schedule. You will commonly hear the division of time as either “majority time sharing” or “equal time sharing.”
- Communication: From phone calls to texts to email to instant messaging, one parent might grow concerned about the frequency of communication and what restrictions might be necessary.
- Decision-making: A critical aspect of the parenting plan centers on decision-making responsibilities. For instance, decisions regarding religion, education or medical care might have a life-altering impact on a child’s life. Should both parents share in the responsibility, or is one parent trusted to make life-changing decisions?
These are some of the questions you will work through with a skilled family lawyer. We encourage you to schedule a low-cost consultation to discuss your matter.
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