Orlando Child Custody and Visitation Lawyer
For many divorcing parents, one of the most difficult steps in the process is trying to agree on a fair and healthy child custody arrangement. This is not only emotionally trying or hard to organize; there are many legal matters that can arise at this time. To make matters especially confusing for modern divorcing couples, Florida has recently made dramatic changes to its child custody policies.
If you are having difficulty achieving a clear understanding of your rights and responsibilities as a divorcing parent, you are far from alone. For clear and helpful legal advice and information, call an experienced Orlando child custody and visitation lawyer from the Schlegel Law Group at 407-953-9726.
Legal Vocabulary You Will Need
Since Florida’s new child custody laws went into effect in 2008, the family courts rarely use terms like “custody” and “visitation.” Instead, as you prepare for your custody hearing or collaborative meetings, you will need to be familiar with terms like:
Parental responsibility: This refers to the rights and responsibilities a parent has towards his or her child (essentially the same thing as custody). When parental responsibility is shared, parents must work together to make choices about their children’s health, education, lifestyle, and general care. If a parent is awarded sole parental responsibility, he or she will not need the other parent’s input in these choices.
Parenting plans: This is the new term for a custody arrangement. A parenting plan is a document that outlines each parent’s responsibilities towards their children’s health and wellbeing. It will also include a plan for where the children will live and how much time they will spend with each parent. It can be written by the parents or a judge, but either way it will need the court’s approval.
Time-sharing schedule: This is the part of the parenting plan that describes where the children will live and how much time they will spend with each parent. It must include provisions for weekends, holidays, and other special occasions. If parents cannot write a time-sharing schedule on their own, a judge will develop one based on each parent’s circumstances and the children’s needs.
Our knowledgeable Orlando parental responsibility lawyers can tell you more about the legal terminology and information you will need in a custody hearing.
The Schlegel Law Group strives to provide each of our clients with knowledgeable and useful legal assistance. To discuss your case with one of our Orlando parenting plan attorneys, contact us at 407-953-9726.