Parental Responsibility

Florida Statutes Chapter 61 defines the preferred legal relationship between parents and children after a divorce as “shared parental responsibility,” wherein both parents have the same legal rights to make major decisions regarding their children’s health, education, and welfare. People have referred to this concept as “custody/visitation” in the past.

The opposite of shared parental responsibility is sole parental responsibility, which is a court-ordered relationship in which one parent makes decisions regarding the minor child. Sole parental responsibility is rare, and can only be ordered by the court where there is a specific finding that shared parental responsibility would be detrimental to the child. Florida Statutes Chapter 61.13 addresses these concepts.

Parents should discuss and address these parental responsibility topics in a detailed Parenting Plan. Patricia Sciarrino is experienced in dealing with all parental responsibility topics, including modification and enforcement. For more information and to schedule your confidential consultation, please contact the law office of Patricia Sciarrino, P.A. at (772) 463-8017.

Patricia Sciarrino represents clients in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River & Okeechobee counties who reside in Stuart, Palm City, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Port Saint Lucie, Fort Pierce and Okeechobee in marital and family law matters, including the following areas:

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