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Frequently Asked Questions
Are custody decisions (parenting plans) binding? Can they be altered?
Parenting plans become enforceable when issued and remain in effect until modified. You can petition the court to modify the parenting plan to adjust for unanticipated, material, and substantial change(s) in circumstances that no longer serve the children’s best interests.
What exactly is a Parenting Plan?
Instead of traditional legal and physical custody definitions, Florida adopted a parenting plan and time-sharing schedule. The parenting plan specifies how the parents divide decision-making
authority and responsibilities. For example, the plan sets who will be responsible for the child’s education, health care, and extracurricular activities.
A parenting plan also specifies where the child will live and the time the children spend with each parent. Again, because each family’s needs and circumstances are unique, time-sharing schedules are flexible. But, again, the facts of the case determine the timeline.
What is the Child's Best Interest Standard?
In Florida, courts consider time-sharing under the best interests of the child standard. Therefore, custody decisions are made by courts based on what is best for the child.
These factors could include the following:
- The child’s age
- The quality of the child’s existing relationship with the parents
- The ability of either parent to provide a stable, safe environment
- Which parent is more likely to encourage the child’s ongoing relationship with the other
Judges have wide latitude in determining how much weight to give to each factor.
Debunking Florida Child Custody & Timesharing Myths
Children can chose which parent to live with.
Children, especially young children, are not mature enough to make the decision of which parent they should be with in the eyes of the court. The reasonable preference of the child (especially older children) is one of many factors that the courts may consider in deciding timesharing. The number one factor, is always, “What is in the best interest of the children”.
Women have an advantage over men in custody.
Florida law expressly states that there is no advantage to custody based on gender. Custody is no longer a current legal term. Today the courts speak to Timesharing. Factors governing Timesharing between parents are typically guided by one overarching factor, the child’s best interest.
Courts automatically order a child time-sharing plan.
Child time-sharing arrangements are not required by law. The top priority is to protect the child’s best interests, meaning each parent’s current and prior relationship with the child, as well as any factors that could endanger the child, will be considered. If a mutual agreement can’t be reached, one can petition the court for a court-ordered Timesharing plan. The goal is to foster a close, loving bond between the child and both parents and to remain in each other’s lives.
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In 2008 after gaining years of experience under the watchful eyes of her predecessors, Ms. Hooglander opened her own private practice that has grown into what Brandon Legal Group is today.
Her weight lifting and Kick Boxing training contribute to a reputation as a "force of nature" in both her personal life and her presence in the court room.
Mr. Mattson found his niche in family law and has focused his practice in that area since 2000. In particular, Luke often handles matters involving divorce, timesharing, parenting plans, child support, alimony, paternity, and civil domestic violence.
Mr. Mattson might look like he’s all business, but you'd be surprised to discover the incredible fun loving attitude he brings to the practice. When outside the courtroom, Mr. Mattson can often be found watching Lightning games or riding his bike around downtown Tampa.
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