In divorce and paternity cases, Florida splits what most people think of as “custody” into three parts: “Parental Responsibility” (who will make the decisions), “Time sharing”, (the time the child is with each parent) and “Child Support” (who pays what).
Parental Responsibility is almost always “Shared”. “ Sole “ Parental Responsibility is available only when one parent cannot or will not participate in parenting, or when one parent’s participation is detrimental to the child. A hybrid plan is “Shared Parental Responsibility with Ultimate Decision Authority,” which can give one parent the final word in specific areas such as medical or educational matters.
Child support is based on the incomes of both parent and the number of overnights the child spends with each parent.