Child Custody and Time-Sharing

in Child Custody and Time-Sharing, Divorce, Paternity Actions

Can a mother deny the father visitation?

A mother in Florida cannot unilaterally deny the father visitation rights unless there are specific, court-ordered reasons to do so. Our laws typically favor both parents having a relationship with their child, as reflected in Florida’s timesharing statute. If the parents have a court-approved parenting plan, both must adhere to it. If a mother believes […]

in Child Custody and Time-Sharing, Child Relocation, Modification to Prior Orders

How far can a parent move with joint custody?

If both parents agree to the relocation and the new arrangements for timesharing, they can sign a written agreement to this effect. This agreement must be submitted to the court for approval and should detail the consent for relocation, the new visitation schedule, and how transportation costs will be handled. When parents are timesharing in […]

in Child and Spousal Support (Alimony), Child Custody and Time-Sharing, Paternity Actions

Does my boyfriend have to pay child support if we live together?

The obligation to pay child support in Florida is independent of the living arrangements of the parents. Even if you and your boyfriend live together, he may still be required to pay child support, especially if there is an existing child support order in place. This obligation is based on the premise that both parents […]

in Child and Spousal Support (Alimony), Child Custody and Time-Sharing, Modification to Prior Orders

Can a custodial parent waive back child support?

A parent with substantial timesharing cannot unilaterally waive back child support owed by the other parent in Florida. Child support payments are viewed as the right of the child, and thus, parents do not have the authority to waive these payments. The purpose of child support is to provide for the welfare and needs of […]

in Child Custody and Time-Sharing, Contempt and Enforcement, Divorce, Paternity Actions

When can you deny timesharing to the non-custodial parent?

In Florida, the decision to deny visitation to a parent is taken very seriously. The primary concern is always the welfare and best interests of the children. If the court finds that the children’s safety or emotional well-being is at risk, it may consider limiting or denying timesharing rights to the non-custodial parent. This is […]

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