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
Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Jason K.S. Porter, P.A. have extensive
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.