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Child Custody & Support

Defining Parental Responsibilities and Rights in Florida

When the emotions of a child custody and timesharing dispute run high, it is important to keep in mind how difficult this time is for your children and return the focus to their interests. As a parent, it is common to feel anxiety about visitation rights and protecting time with your children, particularily in High Net Worth Divorce. Yet, children face concerns about whether the separation was their fault, how their lives will change and if their parents will feel differently about them after the divorce as well.

Avoid unnecesary anxiety during child support and custody discussions and return that energy to your children with the help of a meticulously prepared argument.

Parenting Plans and Time Sharing in South Florida

In 2008, Florida child custody laws changed to effectively remove terms like “child custody” and “visitation” from the statutes. Rather than defining primary caretakers, child custody and visitation rights, the new laws require parents to work out a comprehensive parenting plan which clearly defines parental responsibility and Time-Sharing arrangements. Additionally, Florida laws emphasize the importance of both father’s rights and mother’s rights, and encourage the father and mother to play an active role in the lives of their children. Therefore, absent abuse, neglect or other proof that a parent is unfit, Florida courts favor parenting plans—rather than custodial cases—that provide for significant involvement by both parents.

In order to be approved by the court, parenting plans must thoroughly address:

  • How parents will share in the daily upbringing of the children
  • How days, weekends, holidays and vacations will be shared by parents, including day-to-day schedule arrangements
  • Which parent will be responsible for providing health care coverage
  • How parents will share responsibility with regard to child support, medical concerns, education concerns, day-to-day activities and other matters
  • How parents will communicate with each other and with the child
  • Which parent’s address shall be used for school registration purposes

Our family law attorneys help you negotiate a custody and parenting plan that focuses on the best interests of your children while taking your goals into consideration as well. If a fair parenting plan cannot be achieved, we will guide you through mediation or represent your interests at trial.

What is a Typical Child Support in Florida

To determine an appropriate child support payment in Florida, courts will evaluate the existing standard of living and the needs of children to use as a guideline. The goal is to cause as minimal lifestyle interruption as possible amidst divorce proceedings and limit any child distress caused by the new parenting arrangement. When courts evaluate child support payments for a high net worth divorce, they take into account all of the same factors but make special consideration for the opportunities afforded families of greater means.

Factors that influence the court’s decision in this regard may include:

  • Expensive hobbies
  • Private tutoring or instruction
  • Immersive summer camp
  • Employment of a nanny or au pair
  • Private school tuition
  • College tuition planning

Simply put, wealthier parents are far more likely to consider enrolling their children in private education and to seek specialized tutoring or individual instruction in the fine arts and the court will evaluate these factors on a case by case basis.