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Tampa Child Custody Attorney

Child Custody Lawyer in Tampa

Time Sharing Issues in a Divorce Case

Child custody can be a serious concern in most divorce cases. Oftentimes, parents are preoccupied with the worry that they could lose contact with the children they love. At Catherine W. Real, P.A., the attorney can carefully assess your case to determine what strategy would protect the best interest of the child. As a boutique law firm, she provides dedicated and personalized assistance to clients to protect their rights.

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Changes to Custody Laws in Florida

Florida courts always decide child custody on what they believe to be the best interests of the child. If possible, the courts prefer to keep both parents involved in a child's life. Traditionally, women had the upper hand in child custody cases. This precedent was based on "the tender years doctrine," which favored mothers as a custodial parent during the child's tender years. Now, Florida law demands that men are put on an even playing field because they have just as much right to have custody as the child's mother does.

In addition to this change in laws, Florida abolished the former model that one parent received primary care of a child and the other parent was a secondary residential parent in divorce. Now, Florida arranges many child custody cases using equal "time-sharing." This arrangement means that both parents may have equal or substantial control over a child's life.

Two Types of Child Custody

The Florida family laws recognize two types of custody:

  • Legal custody: Legal custody refers to the responsibility of making decisions on behalf of a minor. Individuals who have legal custody of their children can make medical, educational, religious, and other major decisions for the child.
  • Physical custody: Physical custody has to do with where the child will actually live. A parent with physical custody has the child sleep at his or her house.

Oftentimes, these two types of custody are divided among the parents either evenly or fractionally.

Call an experienced divorce lawyer in Tampa today to set up an initial consultation and discuss time-sharing arrangements with the boutique law firm.

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Tampa Divorce Attorney
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Tampa, FL 33606
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