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Florida’s New Custody Law

Florida's New Custody Law

Understanding the Changes

Starting July 1, 2023, Florida parents navigating child custody have a fresh set of rules to consider.

What does it say?  Florida Statute Section 61.13

As of July 1, 2023, section 61.13 of the Florida Statutes provides for a presumption that “equal timesharing” is in the minor child (ren)'s best interest123.  The law enacts several key changes, including the presumed 50/50 time-sharing between parents and the removal of specific requirements to alter custody or time-sharing schedules

  1. Equal Timesharing Presumption:

    • The new law establishes a rebuttable presumption that equal timesharing (50/50 custody) is in the best interest of the child.
    • Unless compelling reasons exist, courts will lean toward equal parenting time.
  2. Simplified Paternity Establishment:

    • Unwed fathers no longer need to go to court and establish paternity to earn the title “father.”
    • Custody rights and support obligations now come without the previous legal hurdles.
  3. Shared Parenting Emphasis:

    • The focus is on shared parenting and collaborative decision-making between parents.
    • Both mothers and fathers have equal opportunities to be actively involved in their child's life.
  4. Easier Modification Process:

    • If circumstances change, modifying child custody is now more straightforward.
    • Parents can seek adjustments without excessive legal obstacles.

What Does This Mean for You?

  • Fairness: The new law aims to create a level playing field for parents, regardless of marital status.
  • Parental Involvement: Both mothers and fathers have an equal chance to participate in their child's upbringing.
  • Navigating the Process: Accomplishing a parenting plan that does NOT have 50/50 timesharing will be much more difficult.

At Family Matters Law Group, we're here to guide you through the complexities of child custody. Let's ensure the best outcome for your family.

Disclaimer: This information provides general guidance and does not constitute legal advice. Consult with a qualified attorney for personalized assistance.


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