Family Law

Shared Parental Responsibility (Co-Parenting)

Even if the child is going to spend most of his/her time with one parent, both parents are usually awarded what is known as shared parental responsibility.  That means that the important decisions about the child are to be made by the parties jointly, such as education, health care, religious upbringing, and the like, and that both parties will be able to participate in all aspects of the child’s life.  This basically means that the parents are going to be expected to continue to co-parent the child even after a divorce or the end of a relationship.

The applicable Florida Statutes require that a Court award shared parental responsibility unless the Court specifically finds in writing that shared parental responsibility would be detrimental to the child.  Generally speaking, the Court will award shared parental responsibility.

When parents who have shared parental responsibility are unable to agree on an important decision regarding the child or children, then they may seek assistance from the Court, and the Court may designate one of the parties to make the decision on which the parties cannot agree, or the Court may allow one of the parents to make all decisions regarding a specific subject matter (such as education, or medical decisions).  But this does not happen very often.

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