Our Pasco County divorce attorneys are frequentlys asked questions regarding custody of children. During the marriage, and prior to any court order, both parents have equal rights of custody and control. All spouses going through a divorce with minor children should continue to serve the best interests of the children.

Today Florida divorce laws no longer use the term “custody”. The intent behind today’s laws are to promote co-parenting. Children should have frequent and continuing contact with both Mom and Dad. After divorce, both parents should continue to enjoy equal rights and responsibilities with the children. When the care and support of children are at issue, there are three basic parts: 1) Parental Responsibility; 2) Parenting Plan with a Time-sharing Schedule; and 3) Child Support.

Parental Responsibility

Parental Responsibility addresses the parents’ “responsbilities” to the children. “Shared parental responsibility” means both parents retain full parental rights and responsibilities with respect to their child and must jointly agree all major decisions affecting the welfare of the child. If a court determines that shared parental repsonsibility would be detrimental to the child, then the court can order one parent to have “sole parental responsibility.” This means one parent makes all the decisions without needing an agreement from the other parent.

Time-sharing schedule

Parents going through a Florida divorce are required to have a parenting plan. That parenting plan must include a time-sharing schedule detailing which overnights and holidays the children are with each parent. If the parents are unable to agree to a time-sharing schedule, then the court will create one for them.

Child Support

Child support is based off child support guidelines. It is a mathematical calculation which factors the income of each party, healthcare expenses and daycare. The child support also is a sliding scale based on the number of overnights each parent has with the children. At North Tampa Law Group our Pasco County divorce lawyers are here to assist you with all facets of your divorce. If you are contemplating a divorce, please consult with a family law attorney.

Getting a divorce in Florida

This means that you legally end all marital ties, to release you and your spouse from marital obligations. Florida divorce laws are not as complex as many other states. They simply require for the party filing the divorce to have been a resident of the state for a minimum period of six months.

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