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Child Custody

Focusing on the Welfare of Your Children At Englett and Associates we realize that child custody agreements are perhaps the most sensitive issue in family law which causes a great deal of stress to all parties involved. We also realize that as a parent there is nothing more important to you than the well-being and protection of your child. That is why we are committed to work with parents to formulate child custody agreements and parenting plans which focus on the welfare and best interest of the child involved. Our attorneys will work diligently to craft a plan that is acceptable to the courts and fair to both parents.

New Florida Legislation on Child Custody Agreements

As of October 1, 2008, a revised statute requires that a parenting plan be in place for all cases involving minor children. The parenting plan must state in detail how each of the parents will share the responsibilities of raising the child.There are now twenty factors a court takes into consideration when establishing or modifying parental responsibility including:

Daily tasks
Healthcare
School functions
Extracurricular activities
Communication with the child
Holiday schedules

Factors to Determine Child Custody

In Florida, the primary focus in child custody proceedings is the best interests and welfare of the child. Among the factors a court will consider include: capacity and disposition of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship, to honor the time-sharing schedule, and to be reasonable when changes are required The moral character and mental and physical health of each parent Whether or not there is a history of child abuse The capacity and disposition of each parent to protect the child from the ongoing litigation as demonstrated by not discussing the litigation with the child, not sharing documents or electronic media related to the litigation with the child, and refraining from disparaging comments about the other parent to the child. The geographic location of the parenting plan, with special attention paid to the needs of school-age children and the amount of time to be spent traveling due to parenting plan. This factor does not create a presumption for or against relocation of either parent with a child.

Modifying and Enforcing Child Support

A child support order can be modified if the financial situations of either parent change significantly—enough to merit a change of at least 10% in monthly child support needs. Typically, a child support order must be in place three years before it can be modified, but certain exceptions apply. Florida child support services are handled by the Florida Department of Revenue. The child support services offered by the Department of Revenue can be used to help you modify your support order or enforce payment of child support. The Florida Department of Revenue can take several steps to force a parent to pay their court-ordered child support, including: Notifying the parent of their overdue payments Suspending the parent’s driver’s license Seizing tax refunds, lottery winnings, unemployment payments or workers compensation to pay for overdue child support Taking money directly from the parent’s bank account Having employers deduct payments directly from the parent’s paycheck Taking the parent to court

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Orlando

150 North Orange Avenue

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Orlando, Florida 32801

(407) 455-7359

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Tampa

100 South Ashley Street,

Suite 600

Tampa, Florida 33602

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Fort Lauderdale

888 South Andrews Avenue

Suite 302

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316

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Fort Myers

5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd

Suite 305

Fort Myers, Florida 33907

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West Palm Beach

324 Datura Street

Suite 150

West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

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St. Petersburg

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Suite 356

St. Petersburg, Florida 33716

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Lakeland

Lakeland 1102 S. Florida Ave

Suite 121

Lakeland, Florida 33803

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Melbourne

6767 North Wickham Road

Suite 400

Melbourne, Florida 32940

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DeLand

120 South Woodland Boulevard

Suite 203

DeLand, Florida 32720

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Naples

1415 Panther Lane

Suite 374

Naples, Florida 34109

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Miami

3350 SW 148th Ave.

Suite 110

Miramar, Florida 33027

(305) 967-6361

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Jacksonville

50 North Laura St

Suite 2566

Jacksonville, Florida 32202

(904) 224-1522

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