Lawyer, Susan J. Best
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Lakeland Child Custody - Shared Parenting Lawyer

Lakeland Shared Parenting Lawyer, providing professional Child Custody Attorney Services in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Polk County, and Central Florida.

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Call 863.333.0568 to speak with Attorney, Susan J. Best about your Child Custody - Shared Parenting legal needs.

In the State of Florida, we used to call issues about where are the child resides at how much time the other parent is to see the child, child custody, and visitation. The Florida legislature has revamped the statutes regarding these issues, and how these issues are encompassed in what is now known as parental responsibility.

Parental responsibility is now established and documented in what is called a parenting plan and referred to as shared-parenting. In Florida, the parental responsibility is equal between the mother and father of the child. This means both parents have equal decision-making authority in all major decisions and how the child or children will be raised. So, these important decisions may include the child’s education, nonemergency Health Care needs, their religious training, were other major important issues regarding the child. The day to day decisions, such as what the child will eat, wear for clothing, how much time they spend on a computer that they, will be made by the parent that the child is with on that given day.

In the state of Florida, the only way that shared-parenting will not be ordered is that one of the parents has been deemed to be unfit, and the court has determined that it would not be in the best interest of the child to have shared parental responsibility.

Other issues that may affect parental responsibility may include if one parent lives far away or has shown absolutely no interest in the child, such as never going to the school were showing up for a doctor’s appointment or simply does not spend time with the child. Under these circumstances, the court is not going to give equal decision-making authority over the child.

There is no standard one size fits all solution to parental responsibility. There may be situations when one parent has wholesome and decision-making authority regarding education and Health Care and both parents have equal decision-making authority regarding religious training.

What parent plan is put together and parental responsibility is to be established, it is important to note that the number one factor the court will consider is what is in the best interest of the child.

BEST LAW, PLLC, vigorously represents the rights of individuals who are currently engaged in child custody, visitation, divorce, or other family law legal matters.

Call 863.333.0568 to schedule a confidential legal consultation with SUSAN J. BEST, an experienced Lakeland Child Custody - Shared Parenting Attorney.

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Lawyer, Susan J Best

About Attorney, Susan J. Best

Susan J Best is the founder of the law firm BEST LAW, PLLC.

A fourth-generation native of Lakeland, Ms. Best graduated from Lakeland High School in 1982.

Ms. Best earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Management degree from the University of Central Florida in 1986, where she majored in Accounting.

Ms. Best then earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1989.

Between 1989 and 1995, Ms. Best served as a Judicial Staff Attorney for the judges of the Tenth Judicial Circuit Court in Bartow, Florida. While a staff attorney, Ms. Best was first assigned to the Family Division and then was promoted to work with the Chief Judge handling appeals and probate matters.

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