It is hard to involve others in the relationship between yourself and your children, yet having to do so is an inevitable part of divorce. This is why it is so crucial to find a Palm Beach custody lawyer who understands the emotional aspects of custody and values the importance of time-sharing. Feldman & Schneiderman, P.L. offers a compassionate and supportive approach combined with strong advocacy and extensive experience with every type of custody issue.
Notions of custody have evolved considerably in recent years, reflecting the changing view of the courts — and society itself — about family and child rearing. In the past, custody was largely a matter of which parent had primary status and which parent had secondary status regarding residency and childcare responsibility. Now, the idea of primary and secondary custody is considered obsolete, and the emphasis is on involving both parents in the lives of their children.
What is Child Custody?
Child custody is broadly defined as the care, control and parenting of a minor child. In the past, child custody laws in Florida — as elsewhere — revolved around the questions of which parent:
- Had sole custody
- Had legal custody
- Had physical custody
- Was the primary residential parent
- Was the secondary residential parent
- Acted in the best interests of the child
Joint Custody & Shared Parental Responsibility
In the past, joint custody was the exception rather than the rule, and the secondary residential parent was granted visitation rights. Recognizing that both parents should be equally involved in all important decisions in raising a child and that parents should not have to “visit” with their children, Florida generally grants parents “shared parental responsibility” of their children and the right to timesharing with their children. Shared parental responsibility acknowledges that one parent may be with the children more of the time but acknowledges that each parent has the right to participate equally in making important decisions for the children.
Although the attorneys of Feldman & Schneiderman, P.L. have handled cases in which a parent was “unfit” or in which certain child-rearing decisions were granted only to one parent, shared parental responsibility is by far the most common form of child custody in Florida.
Custodial and timesharing arrangements are memorialized in writing by the use of Parenting Plans. These Plans address many important issues in child-rearing and joint decision-making. Among issues we incorporate into Parenting Plans are:
- Weekday timesharing
- Weekend timesharing
- Legal holidays and school recesses
- Summer vacation
- Religious holidays
- Modes of communication between parents and between parents and children
- Out-of-state and international travel with children
- Relocations of a parent and the children that could adversely impact the other parent’s timesharing with the children
At Feldman & Schneiderman, P.L., we have successfully litigated countless custody disputes and timesharing schedules and do whatever it takes to resolve custody issues to your satisfaction. However, we strongly encourage our clients to find as many areas of agreement as possible when children are involved in order to avoid long, drawn-out, expensive and potentially destructive battles.
Recommendations to Parents
We recommend that parents:
- Focus on dividing their time and resources in ways that serve the best interests of the child
- Use the recommendations of professionals such as psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and therapists in making custody decisions
Feldman & Schneiderman, P.L. is firmly committed to helping you establish the best possible custodial arrangement for you and your children.
Child support is payment, on a regular and ongoing basis, meant to benefit a child after the dissolution of a marriage or other relationship. According to Florida law, each minor child has the right to the support of both parents — including the non-custodial parent, the one who does not live with the child.
The two most important factors in child support are the amount of money to be paid and the need to enforce regular payments.
We analyze the financial data carefully to secure the best possible child support agreement for you. And, in the event of a deadbeat parent, we use all legal means necessary to ensure that you receive complete payments on a regular basis.
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