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How Child Custody And Shared Decision-Making Works

Reed Law understands child custody is a complex matter, whether in the context of a divorce, a separation, paternity, domestic violence, child abuse allegations or relocation cases.

In a Florida custody case, the court will establish a parenting plan that details how the parents will share and be responsible for the daily tasks associated with the upbringing of their child. The parenting plan will also outline a timesharing schedule with the days and times the child will be with each parent.

The attorneys at Reed Law will help you understand the framework of these custody issues and fight for you each step in the process.

Child Custody Laws In Florida

The Court will determine whether one parent will be responsible for making major decisions concerning their child.

Major decisions include educational, medical, religious and child care decisions.

In Florida, making such decisions is called parental responsibility. When both parents share this responsibility, it is called shared parental responsibility. However, even if the parents have shared parental responsibility, in Florida one of the parents can be granted ultimate decision-making authority. This comes into play after the parents have discussed a major issue, disagree as to how to handle the issue, and then the parent with ultimate decision-making authority can make the final decision.

There are also situations where the court orders one parent to have sole decision-making authority. This can be ordered where the court finds that shared decision-making authority would be detrimental to the child.

We Can Answer Your Questions

When you choose Reed Law, you are choosing a firm that will take an active and compassionate approach toward the best positive outcome for you and your children. Call us in Panama City at 850-250-4260 or contact us online.