Family Law Testimonials
“The search for a lawyer to help me get through my divorce was difficult enough. Most of the lawyers I interviewed had a cutthroat approach that made the process even harder. In desperation I reached out to a friend who seems to know everyone. Through one of her contacts I was referred to Carman and Bevington. After my consultation with Vanessa Bevington I stopped searching. Vanessa was kind and professional. She did not try to sway me in any particular direction but made sure that I understood the legal choices I had to make. She was prompt in every way. I highly recommend bringing your legal needs to this firm.”
“I had excellent representation when going through my divorce. Allen Carmen did a wonderful job for me. He was always available when I had questions and was always professional. The staff was great. I probably should not have loved going to their office as much as I did, but they gave me the feeling that they cared about me and my outcome. I would recommend Allen to any of my friends. In fact, I recommended him today to a co-worker.”
"Perfect mix of personal and professional. I wanted a firm close to home that catered to the Brandon area and I found it!. Melissa kept me informed and any time I wanted to talk to Allen he was available. Just great from start to finish. I would recommend Carman and Bevington to anyone!!!!"
Brandon Parental Rights Attorneys
Helping Clients With Parenting Time Arrangements in Brandon, Florida
If you are separated from your child’s other parent or going through a
divorce, you will need to determine how you will allocate your parental
rights. Both parents have important legal rights and responsibilities when
it comes to caring for their children, and parents must decide how to share
these rights and responsibilities. While these are often referred to as
“child custody” rights, Florida law now refers to these rights as
“timesharing” and “parental responsibility.”
The Court will only approve a timesharing and parental responsibility
arrangement if it is in the best interests of the child. If parents cannot
reach an agreement, the Court will need to make the determination for them
according to the “best interests” standard under Florida law.
The attorneys of Carman & Bevington, P.A.regularly
help parents with child custody cases in the Brandon, Florida area.
These cases are extremely important, as they can help shape your future relationship with
your child. We will protect your rights as a parent, so please contact our office to learn more
about how we can help.
There are two main components of child “custody”
the amount of time a parent physically spends with their child (timesharing) and
the ability to make decisions for a child’s life (parental responsibility).
The presumption in Florida is that it is in best interests of the children
that the parents have shared parental responsibility absent extenuating
Shared parental responsibility requires the parents to jointly discuss and
agree with one another regarding major decisions relating to their child.
Sometimes, it may also be necessary to identify one parent as an ultimate
decision-maker for particular issues, which is called shared parental
responsibility with ultimate decision-making authority. This still requires
both parents to communicate and discuss with one another, however, if they
are unable to agree on a particular issue, the parent with the ultimate
decision-making authority may decide what they believe is in the best
interest of the child.
Some situations may involve sole parental responsibility, which may be
necessary in some cases where it would be detrimental to the children for
the parties to have shared parental responsibility. The specific
arrangement will be set out in the parenting plan, such as when each parent
has the right to make decisions regarding education, religion,
extracurriculars, medical care, and more.
Parents should also set out the timesharing schedule in a parenting plan,
including how they will divide summer vacations and holidays. Common
terminology used to describe timesharing includes:
Majority Timesharing –
This when a parent has a majority of the overnights throughout the year
with the child.
Rotating Timesharing –
This is when parents have a rotating timesharing schedule
in which when they each have an equal number of overnights with their
Substantial Timesharing –
If a parent is awarded at least 20 percent of the overnights per year, they
are considered to have substantial timesharing. This is an important
consideration when determining a parent’s child support obligation.
Parenting plans are critical for protecting your parental rights, which may
include spending time with your child and receiving child support. These
determinations are also highly important for protecting your child if their
other parent poses a threat, as you may need to seek sole custody to
protect your child’s best interests.
At the law office of Carman & Bevington, P.A., we handle all family law
cases, including child custody-related issues. If you are facing a divorce
or need assistance with a child custody-related matter, please call 813-305-0631 or
send us an online message to schedule your appointment today.
Meet Vanessa A. Bevington
Family Law Attorney | Personal Injury Attorney
Phone: (813) 654-3444
Vanessa Bevington began practicing in the area of personal injury and family law in 2006. She is respected throughout the legal community as a skilled litigator and negotiator on her client’s behalf.