By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
For divorcing parents, whether the divorce is done by trial in front of the judge, or in mediation and by agreement of the parties, children’s provisions take up a good part of the court order or marital settlement agreement. In Palm Beach County, all the documents include language about shared parental responsibility per Florida Statutes.
What does that actually mean? It means that both parents have equal parental rights and a say in all major decisions regarding the upbringing of their children. What are the subjects of these major decisions? Things like whether or not the children should attend public or private school; whether or not the child will see a certain doctor or therapist; whether or not the child will receive religious training; whether the child will take piano lessons or ballet lessons; whether to teach a child to swim; whether the child will attend day camp or sleep away camp. Things of that nature fall into major decisions regarding the upbringing of a child.
What if the parents cannot agree? Then the courts will intervene in determining what is in the best interests of the child. What if a parent is unfit? The other parent needs to petition the court for sole decisionmaking. Again, the court will determine what is in the best interests of the child. For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561-835-9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at http://www.familylawwpb.com.