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New family laws in effect in Florida

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New family laws in effect in Florida

On behalf of Law Offices of Barry I. Finkel, P.A. posted in Collaborative Law

On behalf of Law Offices of Barry I. Finkel, P.A. posted in collaborative law on Friday, January 5, 2018.

A couple of new family laws went into effect on January 1 in the state of Florida. The laws cover both shared parenting time and divorce in the state, according to a news report. These laws went into effect when the clock hit 12:01 a.m., on January 1. We will take a look at these new laws in today's post so you are informed should you ever face a situation like divorce or shared parenting in Fort Lauderdale.

One of the new laws that immediately took effect on January 1 in Florida centers around getting divorced and the time sharing plans that parents must create when children are involved. The legislature in the state has worked to revamp the laws that cover time sharing agreements for couples who are separated or divorced over the past couple of years.

A brand new standard parenting plan surrounding time is now available to parents who cannot come up with a plan on their own. The standard plan will handle all of the following items for the parents:

  • One visit in the evening each week
  • Every other weekend is set at Friday at 6 p.m. to Sunday at 6 p.m.
  • All of the holiday breaks from school are included (Thanksgiving, winter, spring and summer)

The state hopes that the focus shifts back to the best interest of the child in these cases with the development of the standard plan. The state has also created a new website that makes it easier for making child support payments.

Do you need guidance on either of these new laws in Florida? If so, a family law attorney can provide more information about the laws and how they affect your situation before making any legal decisions.

Source: WFLA, "Hello 2018: New Florida laws immediately go into effect in the new year," Dec. 31, 2017

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