Parenting Plans and Time-Sharing
When parents with minor children are divorcing, issues concerning the amount of time the children will live with each parent and the allocation of important parental decision-making authority often are the most emotional, high-conflict and complex issues to resolve. The marital and family law attorneys at Older Lundy & Alvarez will help you understand the factors that influence these decisions under Florida law. We will also take the time to listen to your needs and work to create a parenting plan and timesharing schedule in the best interests of you and your children.
Florida Laws on Parenting Plans and Time-Sharing
In Florida, parenting plans and time-sharing schedules are determined by the court based upon the best interests of the children. The policy of the state of Florida is to encourage frequent and continuing contact between the children and each parent, and to encourage both parents to share in the rights, responsibilities and joys of childrearing. However, the court has the authority to grant sole responsibility to only one parent, or to arrange the time-sharing in any way the court believes is in the best interests of the child. Florida law lists 20 different factors for the court to consider in making this decision. These factors include the health and moral fitness of the parents; how well each parent knows about the child’s needs, personality, education and social life; how likely each parent is to act selflessly for the needs of the child, and so on.
In addition to working out the time-sharing schedule, the court will also approve a parenting plan that allocates decision-making authority about the child between the parents. At a minimum, a parenting plan will address the following topics:
How the parents will share and be responsible for the daily tasks associated with the upbringing of the child;
Who will be responsible for:
a. Any and all forms of health care.
b. School-related matters, including the address to be used for school-boundary determination and registration.
c. Other activities; and
The methods and technologies that the parents will use to communicate with the child.
How Our Attorneys Can Help
Courts rule based on the evidence placed before them, in the form of documents; testimony of parties, witnesses and experts; legal arguments about applicable statutes and case law; and more. Our experienced lawyers are well-versed in Florida divorce litigation. We simply outwork the other side in preparing and presenting the strongest case that thoroughly documents the facts and law, allowing the judge to rule on a parenting plan and time-sharing schedule that fairly meets your needs and the needs of your children.
Call Older Lundy & Alvarez for Assistance with Your Divorce or Child Custody Matter
For practical advice and effective representation in your divorce or child custody dispute, contact Older Lundy & Alvarez at 813-254-8998 to schedule a consultation with our experienced and dedicated family law attorneys.