F.S. 61.046 (14) defines shared parental responsibility
as a court ordered relationship in which both parents retain
full parental rights and responsibilities with respect to their minor
child, and in which both parents confer with each other,
so that major decisions affecting the welfare of the child will be determined
The parent in whose care the child is shall have the responsibility of
making day-to-day decisions regarding the child's care, maintenance, and
welfare. The parties shall consult with one another on questions of religious
upbringing, discipline, financial, moral, social, recreational, and legal
matters, school and educational programs, changes in social recreational
and legal matters, changes in social environment, and non-emergency health
care, both medical and dental. Each party shall have an active role in
providing a sound moral, socioeconomic, and educational environment in
making future plans consistent with the best interest of the child and
in amicably resolving any disputes that arise.
The parties shall at all times conduct themselves and their activities
in a proper manner which will promote the welfare and the interest of
Each party shall promptly notify the other of any serious illness or accident
affecting the child.
Each party shall have access to records, and information pertaining to
the minor child, including, but not limited to, medical, dental, and school
Both parties shall be entitled to authorize emergency medical treatment
for the child.
Each party shall attempt to ensure that the child maintains unhampered
contact and free access with both parties. Each shall encourage a feeling
of affection between the child and both parties. Neither party shall do
anything to hamper the natural development of the child's love and respect
for the other party. While the minor child is residing with one parent,
that parent shall make all reasonable efforts to facilitate communication
between the other parent and the child, both by telephone and through
the mail. However, in every event, such telephonic communication shall
be reasonable in nature. Neither party shall do anything that would estrange
the child from the other party.
Parents that fail to do everything in their power to create in the minds
of (the children) a loving, caring feeling toward the other parent are
subject to the severest penalties, including contempt, imprisonment, loss
of residential custody or any combination thereof.
See Schultz v. Schultz, 581 So. ad 1290 (Flab. 1991).