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What Is Time-Sharing And Parental Responsibility?

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

During a divorce, you will need to determine:

Time-Sharing Plans

In the past, Florida family law courts referred to primary and secondary parents in child custody decisions but those terms have fallen by the wayside. Custody is now referred to as time-sharing plans, in which lawyers work with parents to determine a schedule for the child to spend time with both parents.

Parental Responsibility

Attorneys also work with parents to determine parental responsibility. Parental responsibility refers to how much discretion parents have in making important decisions related to religion, health and education 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

When clients contact the Law Office of Donald Witmyer, P.A., I can help them understand what to expect concerning parenting plans and child support.

If you are facing divorce and want to protect the best interests of your children throughout the process, contact me today. I can be reached online or by calling 850-502-2047.