Pasco County Florida Divorce and Parenting Classes – What’s the Purpose of the Florida Statute?
Florida law requires parents who are divorcing or unmarried parents of children under the age of 18 to attend parenting classes. Children often suffer the collateral damage of divorce or separation. The purpose of Florida Statutes 61.21 is to ensure that parents who are divorcing, or in a paternity case, obtain the education and assistance particularly as it applies to time sharing and child custody .
Reducing conflict and avoiding destructive behavior that stems particularly from high conflict divorces is in the best interest of parents but more importantly, in the best interest of the children. Parents filing for divorce in Pasco County and Florida must attend and complete parenting classes. Parents who are a part of a paternity action that involves matters of parental responsibility are also required to complete the Parent Education and Family Stabilization Course. This must be completed prior to the final entry by the court. (Final Judgement) You may be excused from attending the parenting course, or from completing the course within the required time, but only for good cause. This would be up to the Judge’s discretion. Failure to complete the course without the court’s permission can result in being found in contempt of court. Remember, it’s common for Pasco County family judges to look favorably on a parent who appears to be more likely to consider the best interests of their children.
Child custody lawyer Wendy Doyle can assist you with time sharing and custody issues. Whether litigating a divorce lawsuit or a paternity case, attorney Doyle believes that parents should come together in the best interest of their children. However, the truth is that there are instances when 50/50 time sharing and shared parental responsibility may not be in the child’s best interest. The reasons can vary but if you have concerns about parental responsibility and time sharing it is wise to consult with the best Pasco County divorce and child custody lawyer for your particular case needs.
Wendy Doyle will represent fathers rights and the rights of mothers but will strive to encourage what is in the best interests of the children. Remember, once a final judgment on time sharing or custody is entered, there must be a significant and permanent change in circumstances before you can modify the time sharing order. Attorney Doyle will ensure that all matters regarding time sharing, parental responsibility and child support are included in the final judgement to help you to avoid having to return to court or mediation.
If you would like an honest evaluation of your child custody or divorce case, child custody lawyer Wendy Doyle offers free initial consultations in Hudson, New Port Richey, Port Richey, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas. Our Hudson, Florida Family Law Practice represents clients in Hudson, New Port Richey, Port Richey, Tarpon Springs and Holiday and litigates cases in the 6th Judicial Circuit Family Court of Pasco and Pinellas County, Florida.