Joint Custody Attorney in Jacksonville

Fighting to Protect Your Parental Rights

Under Florida state law, there is no such term as joint custody. Both parents have "time sharing" with their children, as ordered by the court based on the best interests of the child. When both parents share legal and physical custody of the child, it is called "shared parental responsibility." To protect your rights to spend time with your children and make important decisions affecting their lives, you need the representation of an experienced Jacksonville divorce lawyer.

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Jason K.S. Porter, P.A. have extensive backgrounds in divorce and family law and 90 years of combined legal experience. Jason Porter, our founding attorney, is AV Preeminent® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®.

We have built an excellent reputation based on skill and commitment to the best possible outcome for our clients. In family law matters, you need a lawyer who is effective as well as compassionate. Our experience and reputation can make all the difference in your case.

Responsibilities of Each Parent

In a shared parental responsibility situation, both parents must agree on all major decisions affecting the child's welfare.

When one parent has primary physical custody, they must create a sense of normality for the child, including establishing:

  • A primary residence
  • A school
  • A physician

The other parent may be granted generous visitation time to remain part of the child's life. The courts prefer a time-sharing arrangement that allows both parents to have ample time with the child.

Guidance from Our Jacksonville Child Custody Lawyer

Child support is still calculated using state guidelines in an equal time sharing arrangement. The amount of support depends on:

  • Income of both parents
  • Costs of daycare
  • Health insurance
  • Uncovered medical expenses
  • Percentage of time sharing awarded to each parent

Generally, the amount of child support will decrease in proportion to the amount of time sharing enjoyed by the paying parent.

Contact the firm for a dedicated advocate in your child custody and family law matters.

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