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In general, Florida courts consider a child’s current best interests and the family’s present circumstances when ordering a parenting plan in a dissolution of marriage or paternity action. Prospective-based analyses of children’s future best interests are to be avoided. There is a recent trend, however, in allowing for timesharing planning and adjustments around future events if an event is “reasonably and objectively certain to occur at an identifiable time in the future,” i.e., when the use of a crystal ball is not needed.
Florida Statutes create the guidelines for establishing the child support obligations from one parent to the other, but what happens if the obligated parent doesn’t pay the ordered child support? 
For families experiencing the turmoil that so often comes with divorce or separation, co-parenting counseling can help.
Florida Statutes create the guidelines for establishing court ordered electronic communication between a non-timesharing parent and a child.
It is the public policy in Florida that minor children have frequent and continuing contact with both parents after the marriage is dissolved or the parents separate and to “encourage parents to share the rights and responsibilities, and joys of childrearing.” Ideally, parents are mature enough to learn to successfully co-parent for the sake of their child. What happens, then, if a minor child resists spending time or communicating with one parent?
One topic that comes up quite often in developing a Parenting Plan in family law cases is where to do the ‘pick-up/drop-off of the child(ren).

In consulting with prospective clients regarding a family law case, including a dissolution of marriage case, one question that is often asked by the person is if they need to file or disclose to the Court in the case their financial information. Understandably, many people are hesitant or reluctant to place with the Court file […]

Timing, as they say, is everything in life; the same is certainly true in the realm of Family Law matters. The various Volusia County Family Law rules and statutes are rife with time designations and triggering events which, if overlooked, can greatly impact the result in any given case.
Both the Florida House and the Florida Senate this week passed in their respective chambers their versions of ‘Greyson’s Law’. This was approved with widespread support by the Florida Legislature in both the House and the Senate.
Parenting and time-sharing agreements often encompass an array of topics which may arise when navigating the world of co-parenting. Often, the topics which come to mind first are time-sharing, child support, and parental responsibility. However, some of the less common issues can prove just as important when preempting disagreements and issues between the parties.