Time-sharing refers to the number and schedule of overnights that a child will spend with each parent. Some people refer to this as part of “custody,” a term no longer used in Florida. In a dissolution of marriage, paternity, or certain other family law proceedings that involve minor children, the parties may agree to or the court may enter a parenting plan designating which parent is responsible for each child’s daily tasks, health care, school, and other activities. A time-sharing schedule is part of the parenting plan. It may specify which parent a child will stay with and at what times the parent may spend with the child, including time over school breaks, holidays, weekends, and other special days.
When developing a parenting plan and time-sharing schedule, the child’s best interests are the primary consideration under the law. The court will consider a plethora of factors when determining what is in the child’s best interests. To modify a parenting plan or time-sharing schedule after the court enters an order, the parent seeking to modify must show an involuntary change in circumstances, which is substantial, material, and unanticipated. The parent must also show that the new schedule would be in the child’s best interests.
Through negotiating, mediating, and/or other methods, the attorneys at Nicole L. Goetz, P.L. will strive to develop an agreed upon time-sharing schedule between the parents. If an agreement cannot be reached, your attorney will zealously advocate on your behalf at trial. If you are seeking to establish or modify a parenting plan/time-sharing schedule, please contact our office in Naples, Florida to schedule a confidential consultation.