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The Changing Face of Parenting Plans

The Changing Face of Paternity Plans
In recent years, many people have been confused or frustrated at trying to decipher specifics about parenting plans. There has been a great deal of misinformation and rumors surrounding this sometimes-complex scenario. That’s why it’s important to source truthful and up-to-date data, guidance, and advice. This will help you make informed decisions and approach family law situations with confidence and accuracy. Here’s how to get started:
Know the Facts

Some people will tell you that “the mother always gets the kids” in a dissolution of marriage situation. Others assert that courts typically favor paternal care. The fact is, each case is different, and the outcome depends on a wealth of factors with the overriding view in Florida as to the “best interests of the child.” Instead of gender, courts consider all factors relating to the long-term health and well-being of minors involved. That includes parenting history, past relationships with children in question, and other factors. Increasingly in Florida, courts have ruled that it’s in the best interest of children to have both parents remain an integral part of their daily lives and development. Outside of abuse and neglect, many judges now aim to strike a balance regarding time-sharing and parental responsibility considerations. Rather than speculate on what might happen, it’s best to contact trusted and reputable Daytona Beach divorce lawyers who can help you navigate this often difficult time of life.

Understand Parental Obligations

More than simple care, parental responsibility involves the overall well-being of minor children as they grow into adulthood. This includes important issues such as medical and healthcare decisions, educational provisions, religious considerations, and more. In addition, such parental and time-sharing decisions can be updated or altered in response to changing circumstances after the entry of a parenting plan and first judgment, including:

  • custodial parent drug/alcohol abuse
  • child abuse caused by anyone in the guardian household
  • child endangerment caused by a pattern of poor parenting decisions (including hazardous conditions in the guardian household)
  • incapacitation, death, or inability of a custodial parent to continue duties • any other scenario which introduces harm or neglect to the minor child

Know your rights and responsibilities by contacting Ormond Beach attorneys well-versed in family law who can offer valuable guidance and advice.

Recognize Non-Parental Factors

While it’s rare for a non-parent to be granted custody of a minor child, there are scenarios whereby this is necessary for the long-term well-being of involved children. Also called third-party custody or custody by extended-family members, this arrangement is typically only granted when the minor child’s biological parents are both deceased, or when parents have been deemed to be abusive, absent, negligent, or otherwise unfit to perform parental duties. Non-parent custody, when granted, is usually awarded to an extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, adult siblings). Questions about non-parental custody are best addressed by a skilled and qualified Daytona Beach lawyer proficient in family law matters.

Reach Out for Assistance

Navigating a divorce can be frustrating and overwhelming. When children are involved, the process becomes even more complex. That’s why it’s imperative to partner with Daytona Beach divorce attorneys who can help you make sense of this time of uncertainty. These advocates can guide you to the best course of action to protect yourself and your loved ones. 

Since 1983, we’ve served the legal needs of countless Central Florida residents. From divorce and family law, to real estate, criminal defense, personal injury/wrongful death, and much more, we can help you resolve any number of legal scenarios. Contact us today to get started.