Determining Child Custody And Time Sharing

Deciding on child custody is almost always the hardest thing for any parent going through a divorce or the end of a relationship. It can be hard to come to terms with the idea that your child will no longer spend every night under your roof. It sometimes causes disputes to become more bitter.

At La'Rae H. Hendrix P.A., our lawyers can protect your parental rights and your child's best interests when it comes to determining child custody. Known by judges in St. John's County and across Northeast Florida for our ability to find lasting, creative solutions, we can help you find a positive outcome and allow you to focus on helping your child adjust to his or her new life.

Understanding Florida Family Law Terms

Florida law uses the terms "parental responsibility" and "time-sharing" when it comes to child custody and visitation. Responsibility has to do with making decisions regarding the child's medical care, education, religious upbringing and day-to-day activities. Courts would prefer to reward shared responsibility between the parents if they can. A "time-sharing" agreement has to do with where the child will live and how much time he or she will spend with each parent.

All of these details will go into a "parenting plan," which will spell out:

  • Who will make which decisions
  • How the child can reach the other parent
  • Where and when the pick-up and drop-off will occur
  • How much time the child will spend at each parent's house
  • How the child will spend summer vacations, school breaks and holidays
  • If each parent can take the child on a vacation

Custody Matters For Military Parents

For men and women serving our country, child custody can be a difficult issue if you are facing an overseas deployment or reassignment to another base. If you are deployed, you will be able to designate a family member, such as a parent, to fulfill your time-sharing duties so your child maintains contact with your side of the family.

We can help you explore your options for a modification of your parenting plan to ensure you get to maintain contact with your child while you are serving overseas as well.

Discuss Your Options At A Consultation

We provide the right advice and set the right expectations for our clients to help them make informed choices. To learn more about parenting plans, contact us online or call our offices in Orange Park or Ponte Vedra Beach at 904-458-7803 to schedule your consultation with a family law attorney.