Florida family law refers to a shared child custody plan as timesharing. Timesharing is a visitation where one parent is awarded physical custody of a child while the other parent is awarded generous visitation. Florida family law courts prefer a shared custody arrangement that gives both parents a chance to spend time with the child.
Every parent in Florida needs to be informed about Family Law regarding timesharing. Inaugurating child timesharing arrangements in a divorce or any other form of separation is always a difficult challenge that parents face. The court that decides on these procedures makes a decision based on the interests of the child.
Recently, the Florida legislature introduced laws abolishing the concept of primary and secondary child custody as well as timesharing and visitation. These changes were brought because of the recent Florida’s court system in the custody litigation over which a parent is considered as the main caregiver or child custodian.
The Florida Family Law on Timesharing has the best interests of the child, and it’s the duty of the court to establish timesharing based on these interests. To consider the welfare of a child, the court needs to evaluate the following factors.
Every parent needs to be willing to support and encourage a relationship between the other parent and the child, to be reasonable in the case of any changes and to honor time sharing schedule
Every parent needs to respond to a child’s needs as opposed to their own needs.
The court must consider the emotional, physical and mental health of the parents.
The safety of the child’s home environment
The court needs to check any case of sexual violence, child abandonment, child neglect, child abuse and domestic violence.
A court should respect the child wishes if they are of age, intelligence and understanding.
A parent should be able to be involved in the child’s school and other activities.
The duration a child has lived in a stable and pleasing environment
The geographic viability of the plan
The moral values and fitness of both parents
The parents task history performed by each parent and their division of property.
The length to which parenting responsibilities are undertaken by third parties
Find out if there were any cases of substance abuse by both parents
The capacity of each parent to guard the child from ongoing litigation by not discussing with the child, not sharing documents and electronic media about the ongoing procedure
The development of stages and needs of the child of each parent to meet the child’s development needs.
The court needs to demonstrate capacity and disposition of a parent to make a rightful decision considering the needs of a child as opposed to the needs and desires of a parent.
The Florida family law indicates that it is in the best interest of families for every child to have equal time with both of their parents. A mother is generally deemed as the primary child custodian in many child custody proceedings in past years, especially for children under five years. A legislature always considers different critical factors to ensure that a child’s best interest remain focused of the family law proceedings and not on the parent’s personal agendas.