Divorce & Family Attorney's in Jacksonville

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Who gets custody and why?

The welfare of your children is of primary importance in restoring stability to your lives and the lives of your children. Our husband-wife legal team at TREECE & TREECE has handled thousands of custody cases in Duval, St. John’s, Clay, Nassau, and Baker Counties. We partner with you to develop the best strategy to successfully reach your child custody goals.

As a husband-wife legal team, we help you devise a Parenting Plan and strategy with legal and personal options available to you, such as:

Joint Custody or Sole Custody

Residential Custody

Parental Visitation Rights

A Parenting Plan includes choices for:

Educational programs and schools

Health care and procedures

Religious preference

Your child’s social life

Extracurricular activities

Scheduling management of your family’s holiday, special events, winter, spring, and summer vacations

Parental responsibilities

It is vital that your Parenting Plan carefully reflects the legal criteria required in Custody Law, most importantly, what is in the “best interest “of your child.

CHILD CUSTODY FAQ:

What is Shared Parental Responsibility? (formerly Child Custody)

What is TimeShare? (formerly Visitation)

What is the Parenting Plan? (formerly Child Custody Determination)

Shared Parental Responsibility:
Legal custody, physical custody, with a designated amount of TimeSharing, formerly Visitation.  The Florida Statutes define three alternatives regarding Parental Responsibility:

1. Shared Parental Responsibility
The most favorable with the Courts where both parents confer and make decisions together regarding the health, safety, maintenance, and welfare of their child or children.

2. Shared Responsibility where the ultimate authority to make decisions is delegated to One Parent
The parents still confer on the major decisions affecting the child or children, but one parent has the authority to make the final decisions in certain areas, for example, in choices of educational programs or certain heath care issues.

3. Sole Parental Responsibility
The least likely because of the heavy burden of proof regarding the “best interests” of the child or children, where one parent is designated to make all of the major decisions regarding the child without the consent of the other parent.

TimeSharing:
The amount of time the minor child or children shall spend in each household (formerly Visitation). The parent who is given Majority TimeShare shall be the primary custodial parent for all practical purposes; however, the other parent is given very liberal visitation in most cases. Florida law provides for a change in concept from visitation to time-sharing to promote meaningful time living in each household for the child or children.

Parenting Plan:
The written document that formally addresses how the parents will share in the responsibilities for caring for their minor child or children in regard to health, safety, maintenance, and welfare. This plan will set out the specific details in regard to TimeShare, including schedules for special events, holidays, vacation time, communication schedule, and the “rules and regulations” agreed upon by the parties or ordered by the Court.

PARENTS’ RIGHTS

You as Wife-Parent, you as Husband-Parent, are likely asking many of the following questions regarding MOTHER’S RIGHTS and FATHER’S RIGHTS considering the WHAT… WHEN… WHERE… and HOW… will we live through the Divorce and after?

PLEASE REFER TO OUR BLOG: NEWS SECTION: the Articles

Contained in TREECE TALKS DIVORCE:

  • WHO GETS CUSTODY?

  • WHERE DOES THE CHILD RESIDE?

  • HOW IS THE CUSTODY ARRANGEMENT MADE?

PARENTS’ QUESTIONS

  1. Child Custody which is now referred to as Shared Parental Responsibility with Majority TimeShare: Who gets it and how is it determined?

  1. How will our child or children have reasonable time with each parent? How will we determine Visitation Rights when we have complicated and demanding work schedules?

  1. How will the educational programs or schools, extra-curricular activities, religious preferences and other critical determinations be made for our children?

  2. Who will make the “rules and regulations” for our children? How will the rules be enforced if one parent does not comply? What is the process for contempt of court and the potential punishment if one fails to comply with the court order?

PLEASE REFER TO OUR BLOG: NEWS SECTION:

DIVORCE ATTORNEYS PROTECT CHILDREN IN DIVORCE.

Consider this article while you are reviewing the following questions:

PARENTS’ QUESTIONS

  1. How will our children adjust to our new lifestyles, now separate and apart?

  1. How much? and when? do we tell our children about the Separation, the Divorce, the Issues?

  1. Do we need a counselor to address special issues or problems with our children?

  1. If I think I am the better parent to have custody of the children, what is the criteria the Court utilizes to make that determination?

  1. How does the Court determine the “best interest” of the child?

  1. If the other parent interferes with my visitation of our child, what can I do to remedy the situation? How can I enforce my visitation rights?

  1. How do we resolve relocation issues? What criteria does the Court consider when one parent wants to leave the county or the state of Florida?

MILITARY PARENTS:

  1. If I am a Military Parent, how can I participate in a meaningful parental     responsibility plan?

  2. How can I have visitation when I am deployed?

  3. How can I protect my relationship with my children?

  4. What about Grandparent Rights or Grandparent Visitation?

  5. How can I continue to have close communication with our children on a frequent and regular basis, especially when I am deployed?

  6. How can I involve my family with our children when I am unavailable for visitation?

  7. It is very important to my Parents that they have contact with our children even though I am deployed. Can I include the Grandparents or other Family Members in my TimeShare or Visitation?

  8. Can I include in our Parenting Plan specific techniques or methods for good communication through computer (skype) and a specific schedule for its implementation in our Parenting Plan ordered by the Court?

PERSPECTIVE, STRATEGY, AND GUIDED DECISIONS
THE TREECE CHILD CUSTODY HANDBOOK

As skilled, experienced Child Custody lawyers, we, at TREECE & TREECE, will methodically address all aspects of your case which we believe are essential to provide for your best Court presentation and ultimate results. From our consultations, production, and research, we will provide a very specific client information package that we have developed over many years of practicing law and deem to be “priceless” in providing assistance in the full evaluation and representation of your case.   THE TREECE DIVORCE AND CHILD CUSTODY CLIENT HANDBOOK will include all legal forms necessary to structure your Divorce and Child Custody Personal Plan to expedite your case.   We include our personal selections of educational references and articles to provide insight into the Perspective, Strategy, and Guided Decision-Making necessary to proceed constructively in your case.   Further, as we proceed diligently through your case to achieve your goals and the well-being of your family, we continue to update and include additional information, tips, techniques that we think will enhance your understanding and education.

At TREECE & TREECE, we especially encourage you to pursue and develop a strong support system for yourself and your family. We promote the utilization of good, reliable resources in our community such as therapists, family counselors, family doctors, clergy from your particular religion or faith, priest, ministers, rabbis to aid in establishing the new foundation for your family. We further encourage the use of financial, tax, and business advisors to assist when the facts are particularly complex and warrant additional assistance.

PLEASE REFER TO OUR BLOG:

  • TREECE TALKS TO PARENTS: THE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP: THE DO’S AND DON’TS WITH CHILDREN IN DIVORCE.  

  • DIVORCE ATTORNEYS PROTECT CHILDREN IN DIVORCE.  

    The latter article addresses the following questions posed to:

MR. TREECE:

  • WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR DIVORCING PARENTS IN REGARD TO THE WELFARE OF THEIR CHILDREN?

  • HOW DO PARENTS WORK TO PROTECT THEIR CHILDREN DURING THE DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS?

MRS. TREECE:

  • WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR DIVORCING PARENTS TO PROTECT THEIR CHILDREN FROM THE DESTRUCTIVE ASPECTS OF DIVORCE?

  • WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST FREQUENT MISTAKES YOU SEE DIVORCING PARENTS MAKING WITH THEIR CHILDREN?

  • WHEN PARENTS ARE DIVORCING, HOW MUCH SHOULD THEY TELL THEIR CHILDREN ABOUT THE DIVORCE OR THE PROBLEMS WITH THE OTHER SPOUSE?

  • HOW CAN PARENTS WORK WITH THEIR CHILDREN TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP DURING AND AFTER THE DIVORCE?

These articles are a MUST READ for the Divorcing Parents!

The Family Law Firm of Treece and Treece

4465 Baymeadows Road Suite 2

Jacksonville Florida 32217

904-737-1771


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