Time-Sharing Plans And Your Children

For most parents, few things are more important than spending time with their kids. However, many parents in Destin fear that if they do not receive custody of their children, they will no longer be able to see them. Thankfully, that's not correct.

When clients contact my firm — the Law Office of Donald Witmyer, P.A. — I can help them understand what to expect with parent plans and child support. I know this can be a difficult time, and I can help create a parenting plan that provides the peace of mind you need.

What Does A Parenting Plan Include?

In the past, Florida family law courts referred to primary and secondary parents in child custody decisions, but that's gone by the wayside. We now have time-sharing plans where lawyers work with parents to determine a schedule for the child to spend time with both parents.

Attorneys also work with parents to determine parental responsibility. Parental responsibility refers to how the parents will make important decisions — such as religion, medical and educational — for the child. Parents may share the parental responsibility, or the court may determine that one parent should be responsible for making those decisions.

Understanding Child Support Payments

In Florida, child support payments are based on a formula that includes several factors. The net income of both parents is determined, as are costs related to raising the child, including health care and child care. The formula considers the number of children, the amount of time each parent spends with the child and the finances each parent contributes to the net income.

Protect The Best Interests Of Your Children

If you are facing divorce and are interested in working with an attorney who can protect the best interests of your children throughout the process, contact me today. I can be reached online or by calling 850-502-2047.