After the dissolution of a marriage, it’s important to keep the needs of any affected minor children in mind since this is the main factor in custody determinations in Florida. While Florida law hasn’t used the term “custody” since 2011, timesharing is roughly the same idea. After following a timesharing schedule for some time, you or the other parent may find that it simply isn’t working for one – or both – of you. A modification will allow you to make necessary changes.
Sharing custody of your children can be difficult after a divorce. Determining where they will reside, go to school, and spend holidays often causes stress and anxiety for parents. Fear of losing time with them may make it next to impossible to agree on a timesharing plan with your ex. Now, a new standard timesharing plan in Florida may help couples through this process.
In 2018, a new Florida law gave the Department of Revenue the authority to set forth a Standard Parenting Time Plan to unmarried or divorcing parents. This plan outlines specifically where the child will live and how parental responsibilities will be shared so that it’s easier for non-custodial parents to remain in contact with their children.
As you prepare to discuss child custody and parenting time issues, either with your soon to be ex-spouse or with your attorney, there are a few fundamental basics you should know about Florida law, child custody, and parenting time.
First, as a matter of public policy, Florida law states minor children should have “frequent and continuing contact with both parents after the parents separate or the marriage of the parties is dissolved.” State law is specifically designed “to encourage parents to share the rights and responsibilities, and joys of childrearing.” Consequently, parenting plans are written with an eye towards meeting these public policy goals.