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Helping Parents With Any Issues Involving Child Custody

At Harris, Hunt & Derr, P.A., we assist our clients by bringing knowledge and empathy to negotiations and litigation involving their children, including the creation of a parenting plan, a determination of parental responsibility (custody) and the establishment of a time-sharing schedule (visitation). We help clients resolve these issues on both a temporary and an ongoing basis. With extensive experience in contested custody/time-sharing cases, our attorneys make sure that our client’s voices are heard and that the best interests of their children come first.

Harris, Hunt & Derr, P.A., has relationships with highly experienced, highly respected parenting plan evaluators and parenting coordinators. We ensure that our clients are thoroughly prepared and educated on each issue. When available, we provide independent, neutral substantiation to strengthen your position.

We work with parents who are unmarried as well as parents who are going through a divorce.

Parental Responsibility Vs. Time-Sharing: What Are They?

Florida refers to child custody as parental responsibility. Shared responsibility means that both parents have the right to make decisions regarding the child’s upbringing. Sole responsibility means that only one parent has this right. Time sharing is known in other states as visitation. It refers to the time that each parent gets to spend with the children.

Courts try to award shared responsibility and equal time sharing whenever possible. Sometimes, you may need to seek a modification to a court order.

Get Help Creating A Parenting Plan

A parenting plan is a document that lays out your and your co-parenting partner’s responsibility and time-sharing plan. Your parenting plan should consider the best interests of the child(ren). Ideally, it should also work for each parent’s schedule, as well. Harris, Hunt & Derr, P.A., can help you reach a parenting plan that is in the best interests of your children while minimizing damage to your co-parenting relationship.

Consult With A Lawyer For Help With Custody Issues

Contact one of our offices in Tampa or St. Petersburg to schedule a consultation. Our caring attorneys are ready to help you with your family law issues. You can send us an email or call our Tampa office at 813-223-5421 or our St. Petersburg office at 727-310-3017.