Parental Responsibility Laws in Florida

When parents separate or get a divorce, they are forced to have a difficult conversation about how and who will care for their children and when. This is a difficult conversation, especially during a time when emotions and tensions are high. However, working with an experienced, professional, and compassionate legal team can help.

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“In Florida, petitioning to terminate someone’s parental rights is a nuanced process, requiring careful adherence to statutory criteria and a focus on the child’s best interests. Legal representation can be valuable, ensuring the complexities of the procedure are navigated effectively.”

-Travis R. Walker | Founder and Philanthropist

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The legal team at The Law Offices of Travis R. Walker, P.A. specialize in various areas of family law, including the following:

If you and/or your spouse or partner are struggling with parental responsibility, then contact our team today for legal advice.

How Parental Responsibility Works in Florida

Florida State law recognizes and respects the rights of each parent, even if they aren’t a full-time parent. This means that judges will hear an equal voice from each parent.

In some cases, such as instances of neglect or abuse, it is lawfully possible for one parent to seek “sole parental responsibility.” However, these cases are often more complex as they require either both parents to agree to a sole custody arrangement, or demonstrate to the Court that it is in a child’s best interest.

Through “parental responsibility,” both parents are expected to consult with one another regarding their child(ren)’s upbringing. This includes the following areas:

  • Child care
  • Religious activities
  • Education or school choice
  • Medical care
  • Extracurricular activities

Do you have more questions about Family Law? Read our Family Law FAQ page. 

How The Law Offices of Travis R. Walker Can Help

At the Law Offices of Travis R. Walker, we understand that parents who are separating, going through a divorce, or who are fighting for custody are most concerned about their children.

Our legal team is available to help guide parents through the process of discussing parental responsibility, drafting a parenting plan, ensuring that both parents receive their fair share of time with the children, and also presenting that plan to the Court.

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Attend a virtual or in-office consultation so we can better understand your case and determine how we can help guide you to success.

Retain our firm so we may lead you through the legal process as quickly and painlessly as possible.

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