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Time-Sharing 101

Time-Sharing 101

Time-sharing tends to be an incredibly emotional aspect of any family law case. Many parents, when in the midst of a dissolution of their marriage or during a paternity case, ask this question: how is my minor child’s time-sharing schedule determined? The simple answer is, the Florida courts make this decision based on what best protects and promotes your child’s best interests.

A child’s best interests are determined by considering these factors found in Florida Statute § 61.13(3):

  • Who is more likely to amicably co-parent and encourage a healthy parent-child relationship with the other parent?
  • Does either parent need help from a 3rd party due to work or travel scheduling?
  • Which home is more stable and structured?
  • How much travel time is required for school or time sharing?
  • What is each parent’s moral fitness?
  • How is the mental and physical health of each parent?
  • The child’s school, home, and community records
  • If the child has the intelligence and understanding to decide, what is his or her preference?
  • Which parent knows the child’s friends, teachers, medical care providers, daily activities, and favorite things?
  • Who can provide a consistent routine for the child, including discipline and daily schedules for homework, meals, and bedtime?
  • Which parent has more time to be involved in the child’s school and extracurricular activities?
  • Which parent can provide an environment free from substance abuse and violence?
  • Which parent is more likely to not involve the child with anything involving the case?
  • What are the developmental needs of the child, considering relative factors such as age?

If both parents are deemed fit, things are not arranged as they once were. The traditional setup is to divide time-sharing between parents with alternative weekends, but the Florida Courts are steadily progressing towards equitable time-sharing. Time-sharing is unique and varies significantly from case to case. While judges would like to award 50/50 custody to both parents, this is not always what is best for the child, hence why the abovementioned factors are so important.

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