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Understanding time-sharing Parenting Plans in Florida

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, July 1, 2015.

In Florida, visitation related to child custody is now referred to as time-sharing which helps to promote creative and diverse child custody agreements that best serve the child's best interests in each unique situation. Parenting plans and time-sharing can be a significant and emotional aspect of any couple's divorce which is why it can be helpful to understand as much about the process up front as possible.

In addition to changes in the law including changing visitation to time-sharing, other important changes in the law include eliminating additional terms such as custody, primarily residential parent and secondary residential parent designations. While these changes to the law may seem as though they are simple terminology changes, the changes represent greater flexibility to reach time-sharing agreements that are best for the children and the family.

Divorcing parents have the opportunity during the divorce process to develop a parenting plan they can agree to that will provide for the needs of the child or children and include details such as specific time each parent will spend with the child. At times, psychology and development experts may be helpful and mediation may also be part of the divorcing couple's divorce and parenting agreement process.

It can be useful for parents going through the divorce process to be prepared for the different elements and phases of the process of reaching a parenting agreement. A greater understanding of the process may hopefully allow parents to reach more amicable arrangements and agreements which can be more efficient and less costly emotionally and financially.

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