Whether your child custody issues arise out of a divorce proceeding or between unmarried individuals, Jenkinson Legal is there to assist you in reaching your goals and helping you establish a plan that is in the best interests of the children. Determination of a child’s custody is often the most emotional, stressful and difficult part. It is also one of the most important. Many people contact our office without a full understanding of how the law is applied to parenting issues. We offer a free initial consultation so that we can spend time educating you on the law and answering your questions regarding how your case is going to effect your children.
Attorney AnnMarie Jenkinson will help you understand the differences in joint custody and sole custody. Not only must we resolve the issue of developing a parenting/time-sharing arrangement, the word custody refers to how the parents participate in decision making and parental responsibility regarding the children. Our practice is focused on preserving your parent-child relationship and protecting the precious time you have with your children.
Attorney AnnMarie Jenkinson has experience in litigating difficult and high conflict child custody cases and applying the statutes that set forth the best interests of the child. In Florida, shared parental responsibility is almost always favored as opposed to sole custody/responsibility. Regardless, the law dictates that the best interests of the child should be the determining factor in establishing child custody, time sharing, parenting, and child support arrangements.
What is Time Sharing?
The term “child custody” and the term “visitation rights” are no longer utilized today. “Child Custody” and “Visitation Rights” have been replaced with “time-sharing.” Time-sharing can be sought through a divorce action, if the parties that are filing for divorce have children which were born of the marriage, or time-sharing can be sought through a paternity action (where the child(ren) was born to unwed parents. Please refer to the Paternity page for more information about Paternity actions. There are several factors that a judge must consider when deciding what type or percentage of time-sharing to award both parents. Such factors can be found in Section 61.13 of the Florida Statutes. Ultimately the Court is concerned with the best interests of the child(ren). If time-sharing is going to be a factor in your divorce action, or in the alternative if you are involved in a paternity action and need an attorney to fight for your legal rights, call Jenkinson Legal today for an initial free consultation to learn your rights in regards to exercising time-sharing with your child(ren).
Can I relocate with my children?
Florida’s time sharing laws put great emphasis on giving children ample opportunity to spend time with both parents on a regular basis. In light of this commitment, the state has laws that protect the children from being separated from one of their parents. A child cannot be relocated more than 50 miles from the residence established in the parenting plan. If either parent needs to move for a job opportunity, financial reasons, or for any other situation, they must obtain legal permission if their new home exceeds the 50-mile limit.
Each parent has legal rights to time sharing with their children, which is why the law requires that the moving parent have a court order or written agreement from the other parent that allows the long-distance move. Any modifications of prior orders must be carried out according to the law’s guidelines, and Attorney AnnMarie Jenkinson can help parents request permission to relocate.
The court will consider the reasons for your request and the best interests of the children before determining approval. If the court approves the request you will be able to move and a new parenting plan will be established which will set forth how you and the other parent intend to co-parent your children in light of the distance between you.
If you want to move with your children to pursue a better life and beneficial career opportunities, Jenkinson Legal can help you develop a request to submit to the court. We are experienced in all areas of family law, and can provide you with the thorough legal counsel needed to undergo Florida’s complicated time sharing process. Enlist the trusted guidance and advocacy of Attorney AnnMarie Jenkinson for your relocation petition. Call our firm today!
Contact Jenkinson Legal Today
Choosing the right family attorney is the first step in protecting your rights in family court. Child custody battles can become complex very quickly, so hiring an experienced, aggressive family law attorney who can handle every aspect of your child custody action is essential. At Jenkinson Legal, we fight aggressively to win favorable terms and settlements for every client. We uncover any hidden assets and make certain that property is fairly divided. We advocate for your children’s best interests regarding custody, visitation, and support. We also represent clients when custody, timesharing, and support orders need modification. A divorce may be your first exposure to the Florida legal system, and the divorce process can seem overwhelming. Contact Attorney AnnMarie Jenkinson of Jenkinson Legal at (321) 837-9547 with your Family Law questions, or to schedule a free initial consultation.
Jenkinson Legal has many satisfied clients throughout seven counties of Central Florida – Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Polk, Volusia, and Brevard. Here at the Florida Family Law office of Jenkinson Legal we have one simple objective: provide personalized, one on one attention to our clients’ legal worries so they can concentrate on life and family. Contact Jenkinson Legal today to learn more about our experience and success at (321) 837-9547. We are conveniently located in beautiful downtown Winter Park, Florida.