Boca Raton Parenting Plan & Timesharing Attorney
Helping Divorcing Parents, Same Sex Couples, and Unmarried Parents in Boca Raton through Questions of Parenting and Support
For divorcing couples who have children, issues of child custody and child support are often the matters of greatest concern to them. They want to know that their children will be properly cared for and supported, and that the divorce will not negatively impact their relationship with their kids. For same sex couples who have children, they want to know and understand their legal rights. And for unmarried couples, they want to protect their rights and the rights of the children. At the Law Offices of David L. Hirschberg, P.A., our Boca Raton timesharing attorney understands your concerns, and we thoroughly understand Florida law regarding child custody (parenting and timesharing) and child support. We provide knowledgeable, effective representation to help you establish agreements with the other parent, or court orders as necessary, that work for you and your family.
Parenting Plans and Timesharing
In Florida, parents are required to establish a parenting plan that outlines the process for making decisions regarding the raising of the children in areas such as education and extracurricular activities, health care, religious matters, and more. Additionally, this plan should also include a timesharing schedule that sets out the amount of time each parent will spend with the kids.
Parents, or the judge in a contested custody case, develop a detailed parenting and timesharing plan based on the age and needs of the children. Parenting plans typically address the following issues at a minimum:
- Travel and transportation when exchanging parenting time
- Other logistics for the exchange
- The child’s school schedule and extracurricular activities
- How the parents will communicate with each other and with the children
- How changes to the schedule should be handled
- Religious holidays
- How emergencies should be handled
Parenting plans and timesharing schedules can be very detailed and include any matters particularly important to the family. In fact, the more detailed, the better. While flexibility is important, the more things which can be discussed and included in the plan, the more likely parents are to have smooth transitions and positive interactions with their children and each other.
At the Law Offices of David L. Hirschberg, P.A., we can help you work out a detailed and specific parenting plan with your spouse. As a Florida Supreme Court-Certified Family Law Mediator, David L. Hirschberg possesses the skills and experience to help you work through every aspect of a comprehensive, effective parenting plan. Whether in private mediation or in court, we are focused on looking out for your needs and those of your children to create a parenting plan that works.
Help with Florida Child Support Guidelines
Questions about whether one parent will be paying child support to the other, and how much, are addressed through the Florida child support guidelines, which take into account the number of children to be supported, the division of parenting time, and the combined incomes of the parents to arrive at a monthly child support amount. Other costs, such as child care expenses, health insurance and health care needs, may also figure into the support amount. Once the amount is determined according to the guidelines’ formula, the paying spouse will be ordered to pay in proportion to the percentage of parenting time allotted in the parenting plan and timesharing schedule.
Even though the amount of child support is set according to a formula and guidelines, the family court judge has the authority to deviate up or down from the guidelines amount. In fact, the judge can deviate as much as five percent from the guidelines amount for any reason, and more than five percent based on certain reasons such as special needs of the child or the amount of time each parent spends with the children. If you are seeking to pay or receive less or more than the guidelines amount, or if you are challenging the other parent’s proposed deviation, you need the help of a knowledgeable, experienced family law attorney who can advocate effectively for your needs.
Help with Florida Parenting and Child Support in Boca Raton and South Florida
For help with your divorce or child custody matter, contact the Law Offices of David L. Hirschberg in Boca Raton, serving clients throughout Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties in South Florida.