Parental Responsibility in Florida Divorce and Paternity Cases

Written By: Lenorae C. Atter, Attorney
Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A.

1272854_pile_of_books_1.jpgParental responsibility is a portion of any case involving children, including paternity and divorce actions a divorce lawyer in Jacksonville, many clients ask for full custody. What I first explain is that Florida now refers to visitation and custody as “time-sharing” and second, unless there is good reason (abuse, alcoholism, etc.) then the other parent has a right to have say in where the children go to school, what activities they participate on, if surgery is in the best interest of the children and all other aspects that go into parenting a child. Florida law refers to these decisions as parental responsibility and without good cause, that responsibility is going to be shared by both parents.
When one parent decides to avoid this division of responsibility and decides to make one-sided, big decisions, then the court may intervene. The parent left out of such decisions may file a Motion for Contempt against the other parent and ask the court to impose fines and other consequences on the offending parent.
If you are having such difficulties, then you may want to speak with a family law attorney to help you.