Child Custody

Time with your children is precious. It is one of the things you value most in life, which is why custody is often one of the most emotional or highly contested family law issues. Even when parents agree on a shared arrangement, the thought of missing any moment is painful.

Tannenbaum Scro in Sarasota helps parents resolve disputes and create agreements involving custody and visitation. We handle these cases with the utmost care you and your children deserve. Our goal is to preserve relationships through collaborative processes, but we are ready to take your case to trial when necessary.

Understanding Child Custody And Visitation In Florida

Florida law presumes that joint custody (referred to as shared parental responsibility) is in the best interests of the child. The court will grant shared custody unless doing so would be detrimental to the child, which is a difficult burden of proof.

Parental responsibility refers to the decision-making responsibility of the parents, not the physical time that the child is with each parent. This means that parents with shared responsibility must make decisions together regarding education, medical treatment, religion, vacation, daycare and other major issues.

Once parental responsibility has been determined, the parties must create a parenting plan. This plan outlines the new and shared relationship between the parties, essentially describing what raising a child together is going to look like in everyday life.

The parenting plan can or should address issues such as:

  • Which, if any, house will be the child's primary residence
  • The share of parenting time — when a child will reside with each parent
  • How parents will handle daily tasks such as taking the child to school or extra-curricular activities
  • How emergency calls from the school should be handled
  • The preferred way in which parents should communicate regarding the child and their schedule
  • Where and how exchanges should be handled
  • Which parent will be responsible for health care or daycare
  • How parents should handle holidays and summer vacation
  • How the child should be introduced to new relationships

The plan can be general or specific, but keep in mind that it should be realistic and feasible based on your life. You have to implement the agreement you create.

Our Lawyer Can Help You Create A Plan That Works

Contact us if you have a family matter that involves parenting responsibility, parenting plans or custody modification. We will schedule a time for you to speak with our family law attorney. You can reach us by calling 941-444-9092 or 866-615-4543 or sending us an email.