Divorce Lawyer Orange City
If you have children and are contemplating a divorce in Orange City, FL, it is imperative you consult with an established local divorce lawyer who understands the state-mandated parenting plan. Florida child custody laws have changed. Parents are now considered either primary or secondary custodians under the law and must file a parenting plan with the court for approval.
Thompson Law, P.A. has built a reputation for combining legal expertise with family values to aggressively represent his clients during the divorce process. Practicing in Family Law and Criminal Defense, Attorney Matt Thompson was featured as a “rising star” in Florida Super Lawyers magazine in 2013.
The Florida Parenting Plan acts as a roadmap on how the parents plan to care for the physical, emotional and mental well-being of each child after the divorce. This includes where each child will primarily reside, parent visitations, schooling and medical care, among other things. The court will review the parenting plan and either approve, modify or deny it. If the parents fail to submit a parenting plan for court approval, the court will establish its own plan. Both parents are obligated to follow the parenting plan that is approved by order of the court.
In the past, child custody cases in Florida were determined based on what is in the best interest of the child and the mother was often granted primary custody. But this is no longer the case because under the current Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, a judge will give equal consideration to both parents based on the facts of the divorce and the parenting plan. The judge will ultimately decide which parent will have primary custody and whether or not the secondary parent will have visitation rights, called a time-sharing agreement, and if so, under which conditions.
To avoid unintended child custody issues, spouses in the Orange City, FL area can contact us at (386) 463-4LAW (4529) for a free initial consultation with a divorce lawyer.