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Florida Parental Responsibility

The public policy of the State of Florida is that both parents should share in the rights and responsibilities of childrearing after divorce. Parental responsibility is established as part of the divorce parenting plan. In the vast majority of cases, the court will order shared parental responsibility, which means, despite where the child is living, both parents must coordinate and consult each other regarding major decisions about their children's lives.


In some limited circumstances, the court may find that it is not in the best interest of the children that parental responsibility be shared and award sole parental responsibility to one parent. This generally happens when one parent is absent, has a substance abuse problem, has committed domestic abuse, or is otherwise unfit.


In every divorce involving children, the court is going to award parental responsibility to one or both parents. Our Orlando divorce lawyers will fight for your rights as a parent. Call us to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. (407) 956-2172


Parental responsibility covers decisions such as doctors, schools, religion, extra curricular activities, ear piercing, dental work, travel, and child care arrangements. Essentially any decision is not an everyday decision (such as what to eat or whether to go to the park) must be shared between the parents.


Parental responsibility also governs who has access to medical and school records and who should be listed as emergency contacts for the children.


What if my ex is not following the court's shared responsibility order?

Sometimes one parent will not be willing to share parental responsibility even after a court order. If that's the case following your divorce, contact our Orlando attorneys. We can pursue contempt of court action against your ex to gain compliance or petition the court to modify the parenting plan based on your ex's lack of cooperation.


If you are facing divorce and want to make sure your parental responsibility rights are preserved, contact our Orlando divorce lawyers to fight for you and your children. (407) 956-2172

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