Custody / Time-Sharing

Whittel & Melton, LLC
11020 Northcliffe Blvd.
Spring Hill, FL 34608
352-666-2121 phone
Serving Hernando County - Spring Hill, Brooksville, Weeki Wachee

It is the experience of the Hernando County Divorce attorneys at Whittel & Melton, LLC that parents seeking divorce are generally misinformed about their roles in their children's lives. For generations, the conventional thinking was that mothers of children of divorce were the "primary" caregivers in divorce scenarios. And most people believed that Fathers were "secondary" caregivers. This was premised on traditional notions that Fathers worked outside the home, and that Mothers were always the at-home parent. Much has changed in society and in the law.

Today, many Mothers work outside the home, and parenting duties and responsibilities now are evenly split between both parents. And as of 2008, the Florida Legislature rewrote Chapter 61 of the Florida Family Law Statutes to redefine how the courts were to view roles of each parent. For example, the terms "custody" and "visitation" are no longer a part of Florida Statutes. Designations of a "primary residential parent" or a "secondary residential parent" have also been eliminated. Instead, divorce cases involving children are now required to have a Parenting Plan that details how and when time-sharing will occur between parents and children. Neither party gets a priority in time-sharing unless a judge gives one party more responsibility based on the other parent's abuse, neglect, or egregious domestic violence on the other.

Brooksville, FL Child Custody Attorney
The bottom line is that although the terminology has changed, fundamentally, the amount of time each child spends with each parent and when those visits will occur will still be specifically addressed in each and every case. In the event parties are unable to agree on a Parenting Plan, the Judge will order that a court-created Parenting Plan be followed. The goal is to keep both parents involved in a child's life including being directly involved in decisions on education and medical issues, child care facilities, religious observances and travel.

Spring Hill, FL Child Custody Lawyer
If you have questions about your time-sharing case, the Hernando County child custody attorneys at Whittel & Melton, LLC have answers. We help residents of Spring Hill, Brooksville and Hernando County navigate the process and ensure that children's best interests are protected. Please contact us at (352) 666-2121 or online to schedule a time to discuss your case.

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