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Parenting Plans, Custody, and Child Support

Divorce is can a very confusing endeavor for minor children. The court’s primary concern is for their well-being as they transition into a new family arrangement. The stressors of divorce are unique to each family. Children can be affected emotionally, psychologically, and developmentally by their parents’ divorce. There are many benefits to children having an ongoing relationship with both parents. It is in a child’s best interests to have both parents remain an integral part of their life. There are exceptions in instances where spending time with a parent would be detrimental to the child. Negative consequences from a divorce can affect a child’s future in ways that can last a lifetime. Having the right divorce attorney on your side can help to provide a smooth transition for the entire family. 


Child Custody and Visitation


Florida law does not give preference to either parent regarding custody orders. The decision of the court is always based on the best interests of the child. Some of the factors considered in determining child custody and visitation are:


  • Each parent’s ability to meet the child’s needs and provide a stable and safe environment
  • The relationship each parent has with the child
  • The physical and mental health of the parents
  • Each parent’s moral fitness
  • The child’s preference if they are of age to understand
  • The relevant history of each parent, such as domestic abuse, drug or alcohol abuse, or illegal behavior


Florida law refers to child custody and visitation as timesharing, which is part of a parenting plan. Parents engaged in a divorce must submit a parenting plan to the court as part of their divorce agreement. A judge can approve the parenting plan or make changes if they feel it is in the child’s best interests. A parenting plan includes a schedule for sharing parental responsibilities. Examples include how the parents communicate the child’s needs and educational and health matters. In addition, it addresses a residential schedule, a visitation schedule, alternative schedules for school vacations, transportation arrangements for the child, and many other relevant factors.


Child Support


Child support is every parent’s legal and moral responsibility in Florida, whether the parents are divorced or not married. When a divorce is filed or paternity is established, a parent can file a petition to establish child support. Florida’s Child Support Guidelines determine the payment amount. The main factors in determining the amount of child support are the monthly incomes of both parents and the number of overnight visits a child has with each parent. Child support payments are intended to provide a standard of living for a child. 


It includes:

  •  Food
  •  Clothing
  •  Educational expenses
  •  Medical costs
  •  Activities
  • Other expenses


Our Legal Team is Here to Help 


Both parents need to read a parenting plan carefully to be fully aware of the court orders. Failure to comply with child support payments or the parenting plan places the offender at risk of being held in contempt of court. There may even be criminal charges if they are willfully non-compliant. When a parent cannot meet the terms of the parenting plan or child support orders, it is critical to speak to an experienced family law attorney. Grounds for a modification may be a loss of income, relocation, illness or injury, or many other factors.


At Myers Law Group, P.A., we assist with gathering evidence, filing the appropriate paperwork, and presenting the facts accurately in a formal hearing in front of a judge. Our legal team can explain your options for modifying the parenting plan or child support order. With nearly two decades of combined family law experience, Attorneys Rachel Myers and Danielle Edwards are ready to assist. If you seek to establish child support and a parenting plan, call us to discuss your case. We represent clients in Volusia, Seminole, and Orange Counties, Florida.



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