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Pinellas County, FL Child Custody/Family Law Attorney

About Pinellas County

Elevation in the county ranges from mean sea level to its highest natural point of 110 feet (34 m) near the intersection of SR 580 and Countryside Blvd. in Clearwater.[22] Due to its small size and high population, by the early 21st century Pinellas County has been mostly built out, with very little developable land left available. The county has maintained a fairly large system of parks and preserves that provide residents and visitors retreat from the city and a glimpse of the peninsula's original state.

Geologically, Pinellas is underlain by a series of limestone formations, the Hawthorne limestone and the Tampa limestone. The limestone is porous and stores a large quantity of water. The Hawthorne formation forms a prominent ridge down the spine of the county, from east of Dunedin, south to the Walsingham area and east towards St. Petersburg.[23]

The 35 miles of beaches and dunes which make up the county's 11 barrier islands provide habitat for coastal species, serve as critical storm protection for the inland communities, and form the basis of the area's thriving tourism industry. The islands are dynamic, with wave action building some islands further up, eroding others, and forming entirely new islands over time. Though hurricanes are infrequent on this part of Florida's coast, they have had a major impact on the islands, with the Hurricane of 1848 forming John's Pass between Madeira Beach and Treasure Island, a hurricane in 1921 creating Hurricane Pass and cleaving Hog Island into Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands, and 1985's Hurricane Elena sealing Dunedin Pass to join Caladesi with Clearwater Beach.[24]

Between the barrier islands and the peninsula are several bodies of water, through which traverses a section of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. From north to south they are: St. Joseph Sound between the islands and Dunedin, Clearwater Harbor between Clearwater and Clearwater Beach, and Boca Ciega Bay in the southern third of the county. Connecting Clearwater Harbor to Boca Ciega Bay is a thin, approximately 3.5-mile (5.6 km) stretch of water known as The Narrows, which runs next to the town of Indian Shores.

Extending from northeastern Boca Ciega Bay, Long Bayou separates Seminole from St. Petersburg near Bay Pines. Long Bayou once extended significantly farther up the peninsula until the northern portion was sealed off to create Lake Seminole. Extending further still from Long Bayou, the Cross Bayou Canal traverses the peninsula, crossing Pinellas Park in a northeasterly direction before emptying into Tampa Bay on the northwest side of St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.

PARENTING PLANS AND TIME-SHARING IN PINELLAS COUNTY

Under Florida family laws, divorcing parents are required to execute a parenting plan, which outlines the rules for their co-parenting of their children. The Parenting Plan covers a wide range of issues from decision making about schools and medical issues to extra-curricular activities to transportation to travel out of state or out of the country, to name a few. Most importantly, the Parenting Plan will contain the Time-Sharing schedule for the children, which details when the child will be with each parent during the school year, the summer, and for Christmas and other major holidays. If the parties are unable to agree on a parenting plan, the family law court can issue orders on custody and visitation. This may award parenting time to both or sole parental responsibility to only one parent, in accordance with the child’s best interests. The court may assign parental responsibility to each parent who will have the right to make decisions involving the child’s education, health care, and other such matters relevant to the child’s situation.  Please feel free to give us a ring for a consultation, and we will not charge you, unless we believe you have a case.  
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