How Does Child Custody And Visitation Work In Florida?
When a relationship or marriage involving children ends, determining a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the children is one of the most important issues. Florida courts require plans between parents for all custody and visitation issues.
Many parents are able to produce a plan without a judge stepping in to determine custody and visitation. However, having a family law attorney by your side ensures that your rights and those of your children are protected. Here are two common parenting plans:
- Joint custody — A child’s time is split 50-50 between each parent’s home.
- Visitation — Children live in one home most of the time, but spend frequent and continuing visits at the home of the other parent.
If parents cannot agree, a court will consider what is in the best interests of a child. Among other factors, judges consider a parent’s ability to provide care and a safe environment.
Modifying Child Custody, Visitation And Support
If a change is necessary to child custody, visitation or child support, a court can approve a modification. Again, courts will use the best interests of the child to make a determination. With child support, there must be a substantial change in circumstances, such as a change in income, to warrant an increase or decrease in the amount.
A consultation with our child custody lawyers and family law attorneys in Tallahassee can help you determine whether you have a case.
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