Child Custody


Children are our most precious resource. Florida’s public policy is to ensure that children have frequent and continuing contact with both parents, unless it would be detrimental to do so. The State of Florida encourages parents to share rights, responsibilities and decision-making under the concept of shared parental responsibility which provides a framework for effective co-parenting. Among the decisions parents will need to make is how the children's time will be shared between parents which will be set forth in a parenting plan. The schedule can be as flexible or structured as is needed. For some families, equal time-sharing may work well. If the parents cannot agree on a time- sharing schedule, the court must decide what is in the best interest of the child after considering certain statutory factors.

The Dickens Law Firm will work closely with you to create a parenting plan that fits your concerns and child's needs.


Child Support


Pursuant to Florida law, parents who do not live together are required to share the cost of supporting their children. In the state of Florida, child support is determined according to statutory guidelines after considering the income of both parties, the cost of health care and the cost of childcare. However, child support can be affected by other factors, including the division of time-sharing and deviations may apply.

Jennifer A. Dickens can thoroughly explain how child support is calculated, modified, enforced and ensures you will receive the best possible outcome based upon the facts of your case.


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