Florida Guide to Parental Responsibility (Custody)
Where to begin:
Florida parental responsibility and time-sharing overview
Answers to all your parental responsibility questions. How much will it cost? How long will it take? Do I need a lawyer? What is parental responsibility vs. time-sharing?
Misconceptions about Florida parental responsibility
Is 50/50 time-sharing required? Does a father have to pay child support if his name isn't on the birth certificate? Get the facts about common myths in Florida family law.
Florida parenting plan and agreement guidelines
Follow these guidelines to create your required parenting plan. Use your plan to suggest options to the other parent or the judge, or to settle your case.
Florida time-sharing schedule guidelines
Ensure your time-sharing calendar meets Florida requirements by using these guidelines. See popular schedules and tips for children of different ages.
Florida child support calculator
Instantly determine your child support by entering your incomes, parenting time and number of children. See how different parenting times affect the total.
Going to court:
Court process: 8 steps to parental responsibility in Florida
The parental responsibility court process from start to finish, with all the resources you need along the way. How to file, prepare for court and more in Florida.
Filing for parental responsibility in Florida: 4 steps
Follow these steps to start your Florida parental responsibility case. Find forms to open and respond to a case, learn about serving papers and more.
Florida: Prepare for court-ordered mediation
Mediation is required in most Florida parental responsibility cases. Know what to expect and how to prepare so you get the best parenting plan for your children.
Florida parental responsibility hearings: How to prepare
What's the difference between a motion hearing and a final hearing? What happens at a case management conference? Be ready for all types of parental responsibility hearings.
Florida parental responsibility social investigations
Social investigations play a big role in a judge's ruling. Make sure you know why they're ordered, what to expect and how to prepare.
Parental responsibility trials in Florida: Go in prepared
Florida parental responsibility trials are complicated. Understand procedures, evidence allowed, and how to prepare so you can get the best for your children.
Staying out of court:
Alternative ways to decide parental responsibility in Florida
These methods for deciding parental responsibility outside of a courtroom are quickly gaining popularity in Florida. Could one work for you?
Settling parental responsibility in Florida: 2 simple steps
Settling is considered the best way to decide parental responsibility and time-sharing. Follow these steps to settle your parental responsibility case.
More about parental responsibility:
Parental responsibility orders in Florida
Learn the types of orders, as well as how to request, enforce and modify them. Plus, how to be sure you're following your court order to the letter.
Special circumstances in Florida parental responsibility
Not married to the other parent? Need an interpreter? Does your case involve domestic violence? Learn how these circumstances and more may affect the process.
6 ways to use the Custody X Change app in Florida
Custody X Change can simplify and shorten your Florida parental responsibility case, with better outcomes. Use it to replace court forms, negotiate, settle and more.
Florida parental responsibility resources and support
Need more information? Direct links to local courts, legal aid agencies, our professional sources and more.