Child Custody

A separation or a divorce is a traumatic event in and of itself. When children are involved, the trauma trickles down to them. Day-to-day routines change. Living arrangements change. The people they are used to seeing on a daily basis change. Every effort needs to be made by all parties to provide the stability, reassurance, and protection needed for as smooth a transition as possible.

In the event of a divorce, a court must be notified if there are minor children from the marriage. That information is contained in the petition for dissolution of marriage. In Florida, public policy is such that a minor child is to have frequent and continuing contact with both parents despite a divorce or separation. As of October 1, 2008, Florida eliminated the use of the terms “custody” and “primary or secondary responsibility.” Florida now implements the parenting plan.

A Parenting Plan is required in all cases involving time-sharing with minor child(ren), even when there are no disputes. It includes information about the following:

  • Parents
  • Children
  • Jurisdiction
  • Parental responsibility
  • Information sharing
  • Scheduling
  • Time-sharing schedule
  • Transportation and exchange of child(ren)
  • Education
  • Designation for other legal purposes
  • Communication
  • Child care
  • Changes or modifications of the Parenting Plan
  • Relocation
  • Disputes or conflict resolution
  • Other provisions

Whether you are the primary residential parent or the non-custodial parent, at Parker & DuFresne, P.A. we are committed to assisting you with the implantation of a parenting plan that is to the benefit of your children. Parker & DuFresne, P.A. has served as a custody evaluator in divorce, paternity, and modification cases in Duval, Clay, and Nassau counties; as a guardian ad litem; and as an attorney ad litem. She will share her unique insight with you when facing parenting issues. She is here to listen to your concerns about your children and to give you honest advice about parenting plans and their use.

Sometimes parents do not share the same ideas about the Parenting Plan. Sometimes circumstances occur after the Parenting Plan is in place that warrant a court ruling. When the parents do not agree or when changes affect a Parenting Plan that is in place, Parker & DuFresne, P.A. attorneys prepare strong cases to present before the Court. In every case, Florida law requires that the best interest of the child(ren) is the overriding concern in the courtroom.

Parker & DuFresne, P.A. serves clients in Duval, St. Johns, Clay, and Nassau counties. If you are dealing with child custody issues, it is imperative that you be pro-active in seeking the legal advice and representation of an experienced Parker & DuFresne, P.A. attorney as soon as possible. Waiting to do so could negatively impact your ability to achieve a positive resolution to the matter. Protect your legal rights by contacting Parker & DuFresne, P. A. at 904.733.7766 or at to schedule a free and confidential consultation. At Parker & DuFresne, P.A., our skilled family law attorneys are ready to represent and protect your interests during child custody proceedings.

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