Where St. Johns County goes for their Florida Parent Education and Stabilization Course
What Does “Custody” Mean?
First, let me say that I am not an attorney so I am unable to offer legal advice but I can speak of this term from a psychologist’s perspective and as a professional that conducts custody evaluations. In the state of Florida, we no longer use the term “custody”, and what was once known as a custody evaluation, is now known as a social investigation. However, when we do refer to “custody” understand that it is a legal term referring to parental responsibilities and the living arrangement involved in raising and caring for children, and not just the “rights” associated with these responsibilities. Most states recognize two types of custody: legal and physical. Legal custody relates to the responsibility of decision making that impacts the children in significant ways such as academic, medical, psychological, dental and their extracurricular curricular activities. In the state of Florida, lawyers and Judges refer to this concept as parental responsibility which is typically “joint” but sometimes “sole” depending on my factors.
The other type of custody is “physical custody” which in the state of Florida is referred to as time sharing, visitation schedule, and/or a parenting plan. It is not uncommon that one parent will have more visitation or time sharing with the children than the other parent. The one with more time with the children is known as the majority parent. The address utilized for public school placement is often associated with the parent that has the most time sharing with the children. A a visitation or time sharing schedule or a “parenting plan” should be crafted that reflects a schedule that is in the best interest of the children. There are 2o factors recognized in the state of Florida that determine what is in the best interest of the children. Common schedules are 50-50 time sharing schedules such as one week on and one week off, or for one parent to have every other weekend and one date night a week while the majority parent has the remaining time. Parents rely upon themselves, their attorneys, Judges, and “social investigators” to create a parenting plan that best suits the family and the needs of the children. Know that no two families are the same and their are an infinite number of parenting plan schedules that can be adopted.
This type of information is provided in our St Johns County Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course. We hope that you will consider taking our course or contacting one our of providers for support if you need assistance. In addition to our Florida Divorce Course, we offer individual therapy, couples counseling, reunification therapy, family mediation, parenting coordination, social investigations, relocation evaluations, and divorce coaching. Our practice includes one Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, a Licensed Attorney and Certified Mediator, two Clinical Social Workers, and one Licensed Mental Health Counselor. All of our professionals are highly skilled and knowledgeable about the divorce process and its impact on children and families. Contact us at 904-379-8094 if we can be of assistance.
Florida Counties that Require a Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course
First Circuit – Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, & Walton
Second Circuit – Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, & Wakulla
Third Circuit – Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, & Taylor
Fourth Circuit – Clay, Duval & Nassau
Fifth Circuit – Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, & Sumter
Sixth Circuit – Pasco & Pinellas
Seventh Circuit – Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, & Volusia
Eighth Circuit – Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, & Union
Ninth Circuit – Orange & Osceola
Tenth Circuit – Hardee, Highlands, & Polk
Eleventh Circuit – Dade
Twelfth Circuit – DeSoto, Manatee, & Sarasota
Thirteenth Circuit – Hillsborough
Fourteenth Circuit – Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, & Washington
Fifteenth Circuit – Palm Beach
Sixteenth Circuit – Monroe
Seventeenth Circuit – Broward
Eighteenth Circuit – Brevard & Seminole
Nineteenth Circuit – Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, & St. Lucie
Twentieth Circuit – Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, & Lee
Where St. Johns, Florida Residents go to take their required Florida Divorce Course