Time-sharing schedules are a required part of parenting plans

In Florida, the term "time-sharing" is used to describe what is often referred to as visitation or custody. This term describes how your child's time will be divided between you and the child's other parent. A time-sharing schedule is a required part of every parenting plan.

As you and your ex work out the details of the time-sharing schedule, you will want to keep the following in mind:

  • The schedule should allow the child ample time to spend with each parent.
  • If there are multiple children involved, they will typically remain together during time-sharing periods.
  • Your child's age is the key determining factor regarding the length and frequency of visits.
  • Florida courts prefer that parents work cooperatively to make an agreeable schedule.

You should also consider the fact that the court will create the schedule if you and your ex are unable to come to an agreement. As such, it is truly in your best interests to make a good faith effort when negotiating a schedule with your child's other parent. You may have to make a concession or two, but that is typically preferable to having all the decisions made by a judge who does not fully understand your family's needs.

Creating a time-sharing schedule is only one of the many elements that comprise a shared parenting plan. And as you work to get a parenting plan and schedule that best benefits you and your children, you could likely use the guidance and advice of an experienced Florida family law attorney. The attorney could act as your advocate and provide you with critical information regarding any recent changes in Florida's family-related laws.

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