Helping Florida residents with issues of child visitation

Due to recent changes in Florida family law, most divorcing couples will no longer hear words like visitation schedule, but will instead hear the phrase time-sharing schedule. Perhaps the most significant change is the addition of a parenting plan into every divorce or paternity case, which essentially serves as the arrangement for all aspects of post-marital life. Parents develop these plans together, and the courts must then approve the plan. However, if parents cannot agree on a plan, then the courts may appoint one.

As stated previously, a parenting plan covers all aspects of a couple's life after they divorce, including the education and health care that the child will receive and any other issues necessary to ensure the child's healthy growth. Though parenting plans can often be extremely extensive, arguably the most important aspect of any parenting plan is the time-sharing schedule, which outlines visitation rights for each parent.

Whenever a couple with a child or children divorces, the question of which parent is allowed to spend more time or be more involved in the child's life is often of the upmost importance. Regardless of where the child sleeps at night, the right of either parent to see the child at any given time is known as visitation. As you might expect, visitation rights are extremely important to nearly all parents.

Couples can establish visitation rights within the parenting plan, but when it comes to spending time with a child, divorced parents can often be very hostile toward one another. If parents cannot come to terms in the parenting plan, the courts will establish visitation rights based on a number of factors, including which parent is more likely to put the child's interests before his or her own, which parent can provide the better life for the child and more. If you are going through a custody battle in Florida, visit our website to learn how we can help you make a case to have the visitation rights that you deserve.

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