Orlando Timesharing Lawyer
What’s commonly referred to as “child custody” does not legally exist in Florida. The state shifted to the philosophy and terminology of “timesharing” to reflect Florida’s public policy that children have frequent and continuing contact with both parents, and to encourage parents to share the rights and responsibilities of childrearing. In fact, Florida courts are required to order shared parental responsibility unless the court finds it would be detrimental to the child. However, in ordering shared parental responsibility, a court may consider the expressed desires of the parents and may grant one parent the ultimate responsibility over specific aspects of the child’s welfare, or the court may divide those responsibilities between the parents based on the best interests of the child. This means you have the ability as parents to develop a timesharing arrangement that meets your children’s needs better than a 50/50 split, but you must show the court it’s in your children’s best interests. An experienced Orlando timesharing lawyer can help you achieve the best timesharing arrangement for your family.
Developing a Timesharing Schedule & Parenting Plan in Florida
Coming to terms with potentially spending less time with your children and formalizing such an organic relationship is one of the most difficult aspects of divorce. A parenting plan lays out the agreement between two parents regarding each parent’s rights and responsibilities, a timesharing schedule, and means of communication, among other issues. To be approved by a court, a parenting plan must, at a minimum:
- Describe in adequate detail how the parents will share and be responsible for the daily tasks associated with the upbringing of the child
- Include the timesharing schedule arrangements that specify the time the child will spend with each parent
- Designate who will be responsible for any and all forms of health care, school-related matters, and other activities
- Describe in adequate detail the methods and technologies the parents will use to communicate with the child
Arwani Law Firm works with both mothers and fathers in timesharing and parenting plan matters, helping parents to find workable solutions through negotiation, mediation, and litigation, if necessary. Many times, when parents sit down together with their children’s best interests at heart, they discover that they, in fact, agree more than disagree about where and how their children will thrive best. Our Orlando family lawyers can help you put these discoveries into a timesharing schedule and parenting plan that will be approved by a Florida court. If your relationship with your child’s other parent is too contentious to work out an amicable timesharing arrangement, we will aggressively protect and assert your parental rights to ensure you maintain strong bonds with your children while untying the knot with your spouse.
Please contact Arwani Law Firm to learn more about timesharing in Florida.
If you have children, you need to be strong not only for yourself, but also for them during the divorce process. That includes having all the necessary information you need and answers to all the questions you may have about timesharing. To learn more, please contact our Orlando timesharing lawyers today.