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Effective Tampa Child Custody Lawyers

Helping families create fair and reasonable Tampa parenting plans

For any parent, child custody is the most heart-wrenching aspect of divorce. Having to divide your decision-making responsibilities and the time you spend with your children with your ex-spouse is a highly emotional process often fraught with conflict. At Baccarella & Baccarella, P.A., our Tampa child custody lawyers advocate for your parental rights so you can raise your children in a fit, caring home. We help you protect the best interests of your children through diligent negotiation or strong litigation.

Child custody and parenting plans in Tampa

Under Florida law, it is presumed that frequent and continuing contact with both parents is in the best interest of the child and that parental responsibility should be shared by both parents after filing for divorce in Tampa, unless this would be detrimental to the child. This is generally known as shared child custody in Tampa. In Florida, when one parent has primary custody over the children, he or she provides the children’s primary residence and physical care. Generally, primary custody is given to the parent most willing to share time. The other parent has shared parenting time. This division of time spent with the children is known as a parenting plan or contact schedule.

Requirements of Tampa parenting plans

At minimum, the court requires Tampa parenting plans to describe in detail how the parents share time and responsibilities for their children after divorce:

  • Responsibilities for daily tasks and upbringing
  • Time-sharing schedules specifying the amount of time the children spend with each parent
  • Parent to be responsible for health care, school matters and other activities
  • How the parents communicate with the children when they are not together

To learn more about parenting plans and contact schedules, please see visitation rights.

Protecting your parental rights

At Baccarella & Baccarella, our Tampa child custody attorneys help parents create practical and satisfactory parenting plans by negotiating through collaborative divorce or mediation. We avoid litigation when possible to decrease strife and so that parents have greater control over their time with the children.

Although we are able help all types of parents resolve custody conflicts through collaboration and mediation, in some cases litigation is the only way to protect your parental rights. When this is the case, we do not hesitate to aggressively advocate for your proposed custody arrangement and contact schedule. To learn more about the importance of different dispute resolution methods in divorce, please see our page on What to Look for in a Divorce Attorney.

Compassionate attorneys advocating for your best interests

With more than 50 years of combined legal expertise, our attorneys at Baccarella & Baccarella have protected the Tampa child custody rights of many parents through detailed and deliberate parenting plans. To learn more about our services, please see our practice areas, call us today at 813-254-8998 or contact us online to schedule your free and confidential consultation.

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