How Does a Judge Decide a Parenting Plan in Florida?
Florida law recognizes the importance of both parents playing a continuing and integral role in their child’s life. A Florida family law court judge can award shared parental responsibility so that the parents share parenting duties and make decisions jointly. Alternatively, the judge can award sole parental responsibility and provide for the other parent to have visitation time with the child. The default rule is to provide for shared parental responsibility whenever possible. If the parents cannot agree on major decisions or when shared parenting is not in the child’s best interests, the judge will consider numerous factors when ordering a parenting plan, including the child’s current adjustment to home, school and the community, the child’s age and sex, the physical and mental health of the parents and the child’s wishes, among others.
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