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This Week On LawCall™ — Divorce and Child Custody

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This Week On LawCall™ — Divorce and Child Custody

The stress of dealing with family disputes like divorce or custody is magnified as the holiday season approaches. Having the right legal information can make things a little easier as you decide what to do. What are the grounds for divorce? How long will it take for a divorce to be finalized? How is the amount of child support determined? What if your ex isn’t keeping up with the payments?

If you are struggling with a family law dispute, tune in to LawCall™ this Sunday, when Tallahassee personal injury attorney Dana Brooks and her guest, attorney Trudy Innes Richardson, will be answering your questions about divorce, child custody, and child support.

FAQ About Divorce And Child Custody

How is custody determined?

In Florida, the term custody is no longer used. Instead, parents have now have timesharing with their child. Traditionally, mothers were more likely to receive custody of a minor child, especially if the child was in his “tender years.” However, the tender years doctrine has been abolished, and the Court uses a “best interest” test to determine where the child should reside. The Court considers many factors in making the determination of “best interest.” While many parents are able to agree to a timesharing arrangement, not all can do so. When parents can’t agree on a time-sharing schedule, the Court will make the decision.

Who pays child support, and how is the amount of support decided?

Child support is determined by the Court, which uses the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet to calculate the amount. Several factors are considered in determining an appropriate amount of support, including if there is majority timesharing or equal timesharing between parents. Additionally, the worksheet factors in the income of each parent, and the costs associated with providing the necessities for the child, including daycare costs, health insurance, and other medical expenses.

What if the other parent doesn’t pay the ordered child support? Can he or she still see our child?

Yes! A parent can’t keep a child from seeing the other parent because of a support dispute. The Court treats timesharing and support as separate issues (except for the initial determination of the amount of support). If a parent isn’t paying child support, there are legal remedies that the Court can enforce.

What is a parenting plan?

In Florida, a parenting plan is required for divorcing parents. A parenting plan is an agreement between the parents that outlines how they will parent after the divorce. The purpose of the parenting plan is for parents to determine how they will handle parenting concerns before they arise. Some topics covered in parenting plans include: education, child care, extracurricular activities, holiday timesharing schedules, travel, communication between the parents, and more.

Do grandparents have a right to visitation?

A grandparent only has a legal right to visitation if the parent is a member of the military and must serve out of the area for more than 90 days. If that happens, the parent who is deployed may designate another family member to have timesharing on the parent’s behalf.

LawCall™ featuresTallahassee personal injury attorneys, Vinse Barrett, Jimmy Fasig, Dana Brooks, and Mark Nonni, plus guest attorneys from across North Florida who answer your questions on a different legal topic every Sunday. Long-time newscaster Frank Ranicky anchors the program.

The personal injury attorneys at Tallahassee Law Firm Fasig & Brooks can help you if you have been injured. We will look at the specifics of your case and help you determine if you have a personal injury case. An attorney is always available, day or night, weekday or weekend, to take your call. Give us a call at (850) 583-9409.