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Child Custody for Unmarried Couples in Florida


There are many different types of Florida families, and some parents are unmarried. If the two parents were in a partnership but later face a separation, questions are likely to arise in connection with child custody and the financial responsibilities associated with child rearing.

When it comes to custody schedules for unmarried parents, the legal landscape is distinct from situations involving married couples who pursue a divorce. Understanding the nuances of child custody, knowing when to involve a West Palm Beach family attorney, and drafting a custody agreement that makes sense for your family is important for all parties involved.

Crafting an Agreement or Initiating a Legal Process

Some unmarried couples who part ways after having a child are able to communicate effectively and design a child custody arrangement. It is important to recognize that establishing a structured parenting plan is beneficial for the well-being of the child, whether there is a marriage certificate or not.

Florida law recognizes both parents as having rights to their children, and if an amicable agreement cannot be reached, it can be helpful to connect with a family attorney who specializes in child custody matters.

Situations when it is advisable for unmarried parents to seek legal counsel:

  • There are disagreements. When the parents are not able to come to a mutual agreement on parenting time, legal intervention becomes necessary to establish a fair and enforceable arrangement.
  • Someone has safety concerns. If there are worries about the safety and well-being of the child in one parent’s care, a family attorney can help address these concerns and work towards a solution that prioritizes the child’s safety.
  • A parent is considering a geographical move. When a parent is considering relocating, it can significantly impact parenting arrangements. Talking to a legal professional means an appropriate legal arrangement can be developed.

Creating a comprehensive custody agreement is vital, and this is true for unmarried couples separating in Florida. The process can differ from divorce cases, but there are some elements that should be addressed in any custody agreement.

What Unmarried Parents Should Include in Custody Agreements

As you move through the custody agreement process, you will need to define a detailed time-sharing schedule outlining when the child will spend time with each parent. You will also want to specify how major decisions regarding the child’s education, healthcare, and other significant aspects will be made. Many couples also find it helpful to establish guidelines for communication between parents and to include mechanisms for resolving disputes should a conflict regarding the custody agreement arise.

Navigating parenting time requires a thoughtful and strategic approach. A West Palm Beach family attorney can assist in drafting a comprehensive custody agreement.

Have you recently gone through a breakup? If you were never married to your child’s other parents and need advice on how to secure the custody arrangement you want, talk to the family lawyers at Bruce S. Rosenwater & Associates. Lawyers can help you create a stable and nurturing environment for your child during the challenging period of separation. Schedule your free initial consultation today.

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