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The most emotional family law cases occur when children are involved. Custody and visitation disputes occur in divorce cases, post-judgment cases and paternity cases. Any time children are involved in a divorce, tensions always run high, especially if one parent wants sole custody. However, in most cases in Florida, both parents agree to share parental responsibility in a joint custody agreement.

In this arrangement, one parent is awarded physical custody and the other parent is given generous visitation or “time-sharing” rights. Both parents are required by law to create a parenting plan to determine “time-sharing,” as well as other important matters involving the welfare of their child. Parental plans need to be extremely detailed and include a systematic time-sharing schedule, as well as guidelines for issues related to:

  • religion
  • education
  • healthcare
  • extracurricular activities
  • and others

At Tampa Family & Divorce Lawyer Mindi Lasley, we have extensive experience drafting and litigating parenting plans that are in the best interests of you and your child(ren). Ms. Lasley customizes a plan that is tailored to your child(ren)’s needs and then persuasively presents the plan to the court for approval.

Tampa Child Custody Lawyer

On October 1, 2008, a new law went into effect that requires all cases with minor children to develop a parenting plan. The parenting plan has eliminated the prior terminology of “primary residential responsibility” and “visitation.”

Instead of using the term “visitation,” Florida courts now use the term “time-sharing.” Instead of using the term “primary residential responsibility” or “primary parent,” the courts applies the term “majority time-sharing” to the parent with whom the child resides most of the time.

To learn more about this new statute, which would allow for “sole custody,” and would otherwise be difficult to obtain, allowing one parent to singularly make all of the decisions for their minor child(ren), click here.

Ms. Lasley will apply the many factors considered by the court in developing the parenting plan to your specific case. She will persuasively present the parenting plan to the court that is in the best interests of your child(ren).

The court considers what is in the best interests of the child when making all decisions regarding children.

At the firm of Tampa Family & Divorce Lawyer Mindi Lasley, we aggressively represent you and your children’s best interests.

Please contact our office to schedule a consultation.



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