In 2017, more than 20 states discussed legislation that promoted sharing custody for children of divorce. This year, Florida is enacting a new law with the goal of efficiently constructing co-parenting plans for divorced or unmarried parents. Under the law, the Department of Revenue will have the right to give parents a “Standard Parenting Time Plan” that would include living arrangements for the child and the division of parental responsibility.
Circuit court judges will establish parenting plans in the event that the parents are unable to compromise on one. It is important to note that this law is only applicable in situations where both parents are fit to be involved in the child’s life.
The hope is that this law and laws like it will heighten the amount of contact between parents lacking custody and their children. An overwhelming amount of custodial parents are mothers, and laws like this one will boost father’s rights. There is a large amount of data to support the fact that co-parenting and the involvement of the father in a child’s life has vast benefits, which include better academic performance and higher self-esteem. This new Florida law will not force parental involvement, but rather will allow parents who are interested in raising their children to have more leeway to do so.
If you are in need of assistance with child custody agreements in Orlando, reach out to our team of attorneys today. We can review your case and advise you on the assistance we can offer you. Call today to schedule a consultation, and let us help make this stressful time a bit easier for you.