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How Is Child Custody Determined in Florida?

At Schlegel Law Group, we work with parents to negotiate favorable and healthy custody arrangements following divorce. If utilizing the collaborative divorce process, our Orlando child custody attorneys will represent you in the negotiations room with the other parent and voice your interests and goals for you and your child. 

Further, because we are a boutique law firm, we are able to provide you more personalized and individualized legal guidance that we will tailor to your particular situation. With over 20 years of experience working with parents in Florida, we are ready to champion your parental rights in the negotiations room and protect your relationship with your child.

Types of Custody Arrangements 

In Florida, custody involves time sharing and parental responsibility.

What Is the Difference Between Time Sharing & Parental Responsibility:

  • Time sharing refers to when a parent will spend time with the child. Time sharing options may be joint (shared with the other parent) or sole (most time spent with one parent)
  • Parental responsibility refers to each parent’s right to make major medical, educational, religious, and legal decisions for the child. Parental responsibility may also be joint or sole, though Florida custody laws usually favor shared parental responsibility unless it would be detrimental to the child's well-being.

Even if parents share parenting time and responsibilities, the parent with more parenting time will be deemed the "primary parent" or "custodial parent" and the other the "secondary parent" or "noncustodial parent." Note that the custodial parent will have the final say on matters involving the child if the parents cannot agree.

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