When parents separate or get a divorce, they are often forced to have a difficult conversation about how their children will be cared for, by who, and when. This is especially a difficult conversation during a time when emotions and tension are high. However, this doesn’t mean you have to constantly fight or argue with your partner to try and agree on a parenting plan that works for your whole family.
In this blog, we will explain what parental responsibility is and how it works in the State of Florida.
What is Parental Responsibility in Florida?
Depending on the situation, any discussion or attempt to reach an agreement about shared parental responsibility can be complex, difficult, or result in a serious or heated disagreement. This is especially the case if one parent is angry with the other, disagrees with the other partner’s parenting style, or if one parent is carrying more child-rearing weight than the other.
However, through “parental responsibility,” both parents are expected to consult with one another regarding their child(ren)’s upbringing. This includes the following areas:
- Child care
- Religious training
- Education or school choice
- Medical care
- Extracurricular activities
- Any major decisions that directly impacts or that may impact a child
How Parental Responsibility Works in Florida
Every state has its own “parental responsibility” laws. Florida State law recognizes and respects the rights of both parents, even if one parent isn’t a full-time parent. This means that if a child custody or parental responsibility case were to go to Court, the Judge would hear from both parents and respect each perspective.
Can I Get Sole Custody in Florida?
This is a frequent question we get from clients. Because the State of Florida recognizes parental responsibility as a joint effort between both parents of a minor child(ren), any case that involves requesting sole custody immediately becomes more complex. However, this isn’t to say that getting sole custody isn’t possible…
In some cases, such as instances of neglect or abuse, it is lawfully possible for one parent to seek “sole parental responsibility”. However, these cases are often more complex as they require either both parents to agree to a sole custody arrangement, or demonstrate to the Court that it is in a child’s best interest.
How The Law Offices of Travis R. Walker Can Help
At the Law Offices of Travis R. Walker, we understand that parents who are separating, going through a divorce, or who are fighting for custody are most concerned about their children.
Our legal team is available to help guide parents through the process of discussing parental responsibility, drafting a parenting plan, ensuring that both parents receive their fair share of time with the children, and also presenting that plan to the Court.