Child Custody / Timesharing

Child Custody and Timesharing Lawyer

Child Custody and Timesharing LawyerIf you decide to file for divorce in Neptune Beach, Florida, one issue that you must work out is child custody and timesharing. Because this can be challenging for some parents, using the services of an experienced attorney is recommended. 

Mr. Griffin has expensive experience working on child custody cases. At Griffin Family Law, we know how frightening and stressful this time can be and we will fight for your rights and help you and your family achieve the best possible outcome. 

Time-Sharing and Shared Parenting

In most states, you hear terms like “child custody” and “visitation.” However, in Florida, it is called “timesharing.” This change occurred in the state in 2008 when Florida eliminated the concepts of visitation and custody and replaced them with shared parenting. 

Shared parenting plans in Florida are court-approved agreements that explicitly state the amount of time each parent spends with their child or children. They also state where this time will be spent. Some parenting plans are very simple, while others are more complex. 

While each parenting plan is unique, some factors are always covered, which include:

  • Where the child or children will attend school
  • Who is responsible for daycare or for after-school activities
  • The amount of time the visiting parent has with the child or children
  • Methods and technologies that can be used to communicate with the child or children
  • Rights and responsibilities of each parent in child-rearing

In Florida, time sharing may be 50/50 between the father and mother. However, it can also be broken down in other ways.

If the parents are unable to agree on a parenting plan themselves, then the court will determine how time is shared and dictate the responsibilities of each parent based on the child’s best interests. 

A method commonly used to determine how the court should set up a parenting plan is by assigning a neutral third party to review the situation and then report to the judge with recommendations about parenting time. 

What’s Considered in Florida’s Shared Parenting Plans?

The Florida court must consider what is in the child’s best interest when establishing a time sharing plan. There are a few factors that are used to determine time sharing plans. Some of these factors include:

  • The child’s wishes (in some situations)
  • Each parent’s willingness to honor the time sharing plan and provide reasonable support for the child’s relationship with the other parent
  • Legal history of the mother or father that involves sexual violence, child abuse, or domestic violence
  • The stability of the home environment the child will be in
  • The father or mother’s ability to support a child’s emotional, physical, and mental health and their school-related needs

We understand that as your child’s parent, you understand what they need. If you do not believe that 50/50 custody is right for your child, then we will work with you to develop a plan to help you get what you want out of the situation. While there are no guarantees, we will advocate for you and your child to ensure you get the best representation possible. 

Shared Parenting and Child Support

In Florida, the courts favor when parents share the responsibility of raising children. The only time this is not the case is if this shared responsibility would be harmful to the child in some way. The amount of time each parent spends with their child or children can impact the financial support required. Shared parenting plans will document the amount of time each parent should be spending with the child or children. 

Child support calculations in Florida are party based on the number of children the parents have together and each parent’s income. Usually, the parent with a higher income will pay child support. However, the amount would be reduced if the child is spending over 20% of their nights with the visiting parent. 

It is also worth noting that Florida courts will consider other factors when determining child support, as well. You can count on Mr. Griffin to explain all of this to you to ensure you understand what goes into the calculations.

Contact our Child Custody and Timesharing Attorney for Help and Information  

If you need help with your Florida timesharing case, reach out to Griffin Family Law right away. Mr. Griffin can speak with you about your case and create a personalized game plan based on your goals for the outcome of your situation. 

You can count on us to fight aggressively to protect your rights and ensure your kids’ interests are protected. The first step is to get in touch and schedule an initial appointment. 

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