Visitation Rights in Florida
Daytona Beach Family Law Attorney
After a divorce, determining a visitation arrangement can be a strenuous
time for both parties involved. Wanting the best for your child may make
it difficult to view the situation with clarity. Seeking legal guidance
from a Daytona Beach family law attorney can ease much of the confusion
and stress and can help you obtain your desired rights.
Creating a Visitation Schedule
A visitation, or time-sharing, schedule can be drawn up between you and
your former spouse or partner without the assistance of the court if you
can both agree on the necessary details. If disagreements do arise, it
will be necessary to let the court create a schedule for you, making a
family law attorney very beneficial.
Consider these aspects for your visitation schedule:
- Holidays and summer breaks
- Weekly schedules
- The age of your child
- Work schedules of both parents
Shared Parental Responsibility vs. Sole Parental Responsibility
Before determining a visitation schedule, a parenting plan must be agreed
upon. If it cannot be done without agreement by both parties, your case
will be presented before the court. Parenting plans fall into one of two
categories – shared parental responsibility or sole parental responsibility.
Shared parenting is generally favored, as this requires parents to jointly
discuss any major decisions about the child.
Sole parental responsibility functions in a way that only one parent makes
the decisions for the child. Generally, sole parenting is assigned only
when one parent is considered incapable of caring for the child.
The court will take several factors into consideration for your parenting
- The morality of the parents
- The child's home and school record
- The willingness of the parents to remain amicable
- The child's developmental stages and needs
- Any prior neglect or abuse
Parenting plans have now taken the place of primary residence, which was
previously determined by the court. The court will always keep the child's
best interests in mind when determining a visitation schedule.
Call Buckmaster & Ellzey today!
There are many important factors that make up visitation schedules and
parenting plans in Florida. A Daytona Beach Family Law Attorney can assist
you with compassion and experience, all while seeking the best for your child.
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