Florida law states, “The court shall determine all matters relating to custody of each minor child of the parties in accordance with the best interests of the child and in accordance with the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. It is the public policy of this state to assure that each minor child has frequent and continuing contact with both parents after the parents separate or the marriage of the parties is dissolved and to encourage parents to share the rights and responsibilities, and joys, of childrearing.”
From the above quoted law it can be seen that Florida child custody laws are designed in such a way to grant legal rights to both parents. Not all situations are the same and very ofter both parents are not deemed fit to support or raise a child. If this is the case, child custody laws in Florida usually grant custody to one parent and limit the other to visitation rights. Some cases involve revolving or joint custody. This is when both divorced/ separated parents share an equal amount of time with the child.
Parenting issues are separated by Florida Law into the following: parental responsibility, time sharing, and support.
A Florida Parenting Plan is required in all cases involving time-sharing with minor children, even when time-sharing is not in dispute.
The following forms may be needed for your child custody proceedings. It may be possible to do all that is needed without hiring a family lawyer, but the process will be easier and you will better protect your rights with the help of an attorney experienced in family law: