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What is the purpose of a parenting plan in a Florida divorce proceeding? The legislature answered the question, in part, when it passed Fla. Stat. § 61.13(2)(c)(1). That section provides:

It is the public policy of this state that each minor child has frequent and continuing contact with both parents after the parents separate or

Florida Statute § 61.13(2)(b) governs the contents of a parenting plan following a divorce proceeding. Under chapter 61, parties to a divorce are required to submit a parenting plan in all cases involving time sharing of minor children. Parties are required to submit a parenting plan even when the time-sharing arrangements for children are not

In a Florida divorce proceeding, a party seeking attorney’s fees usually does so under Fla. Stat. § 61.16. The purpose of section 61.16 is ensure that both parties in a divorce have the ability to seek competent legal counsel. Canakaris v. Canakaris, 382 So.2d 1197 (Fla. 1980). There are several ways in which a

In determining whether to award alimony, Florida courts are tasked with deciding whether one spouse has a need and the other spouse has the ability to pay. As one court stated, the objective is to insure that the alimony payment is “as fair as possible to both parties.” Vega v. Vega, 877 So.2d 882,

In a Florida divorce proceeding, the trial court has broad discretion “to do equity between the parties.” Acker v. Acker, 904 So. 2d 384, 388 (Fla. 2005). To “do equity” means to do what the court determines is fair and reasonable under the circumstances. To achieve this goal, the trial court has at its

Rehabilitative alimony is intended to provide funds to the requesting spouse so that he or she can establish the capacity for self-support, either by redeveloping previous skills or undergoing training or education necessary to develop supportive skills. Canakaris v. Canakaris, 382 So. 2d 1197, 1202 (Fla. 1980); Lovell v. Lovell, 14 So. 3d

In a Florida divorce proceeding, shared parental responsibility for a child is preferred unless it is contrary to the child’s best interests. On this point, Fla. Stat. § 61.13(2)(c)(2) provides:

In ordering shared parental responsibility, the court may consider the expressed desires of the parents and may grant to one party the ultimate responsibility over

In order for a Florida court to have subject matter jurisdiction over a divorce proceeding, Florida Statute § 61.021 requires that “one of the parties to the marriage must reside 6 months in the state before filing the petition.” Florida’s residency requirement must be satisfied in order for the court to have jurisdiction over a