When we first think “timesharing” we think of a hotel or other property that we rent for a block of vacation time. Never do we associate that with children or stepchildren. So what does divorce, family law, and child custody have to do with “timesharing”?
Some might be taken aback by the concept of “child timesharing”, thinking that parents or guardians must “reserve” time with their rightful child. But it doesn’t quite work like that.
Child Custody and Timesharing Basics
Child “timesharing” refers to the same concepts as “custody” and “visitation”. However, the state of Florida has chosen to utilize the word “timesharing” in their place.
Timesharing gives a more accurate portrayal of parental responsibility with regard to children. As the word implies, timesharing relates to the schedule that parents will s hare and enjoy with their children.
Parental responsibility generally refers to the major decisions that must be made on behalf of children such as, education, medical attention, religious upbringing, extracurricular activities, and other needs until the child or children reaches the age of eighteen.
The Law Offices of Aliette H. Carolan are highly skilled and experienced in working with child custody or timesharing cases in the state of Florida. The professional attorneys at the Law Offices of Aliette H. Carolan recognize and understand that no family law case is the same.
Each family and case has its own unique situation that needs and deserves the utmost respect, attention, and dedication in order to reach the resolution possible for all involved.
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The professional attorneys at Aliette H. Carolan will work with parents on determining a timesharing schedule and ensure that it is detailed and clearly outlined so that the children in question are protected and their rights and wellbeing are respected in each case.
We also mediate and litigate parenting plan issues and offer as many suggestions and details as necessary so all are happy with the outcome.
What factors determine custody and timesharing?
The State of Florida views both parents as having equal rights to their children. The court’s primary focus is to ensure the best interests of the children in a family law situation.
In order to determine the children’s best interests, the court considers the following factors:
- Facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship
- Each parent must do his and her own part to honor the timesharing schedule, and to be reasonable when changes are required
- Determine, consider, and act upon the needs of the child as opposed to the needs or desires of the parent
- Provide a consistent routine for the child, such as discipline, and daily schedules for homework, meals, and bedtime
- Participate and be involved in the child’s school and extracurricular activities
- Maintain an environment for the child which is free from substance or physical abuse
All in all, any family law situation involving children can be difficult and challenging, physically and emotionally. The break down of a family or marriage can be difficult for all to deal with.This is why it is important to have a reputable and trustworthy Florida family law attorney on your side.
Contact the Law Offices of Aliette H. Carolan today at 305-358-2330 for a consultation to review the details of your family law case and ensure that child custody and timesharing is fairly present for all involved.