James R. Schaffer, P.A.

Prioritizing your child in a timesharing agreement

| Jul 7, 2020 | Divorce |

As a parent, your child has always been your main priority, and that will not change now that you are getting divorced. You know that it is perhaps more important than ever to make sure that your son or daughter’s best interests are respected and upheld. This means creating the best possible timesharing plan for your family’s unique situation.

Although mothers might have been given preference in child custody matters in the past, Florida state law is no longer prioritizes mothers or fathers in matters of parenting time. Instead, the court will look at a number of different factors to decide what is in your child’s best interests. These factors may include, but are not limited to:

  • Past and current responsibilities
  • Ability to meet your child’s needs
  • Ability to provide a stable environment
  • Physical and mental health

This is just a glimpse into what the court will be looking at. Although each family is unique, the court generally leans toward timesharing plans that give both parents equal parenting time. This is not always the best situation, though. If necessary, you can demonstrate to the court that it is in your child’s best interests to spend more of his or her time with you.

Divorce is an emotional experience for both married couples and their children. You know just how important it is to provide a sense of stability and normalcy to your child’s life during this difficult time, and part of doing so is creating a timesharing plan that reflects his or her best interests.

Having a better understanding of this process and what help is available can come in handy during this period of time and increase your odds of a much smoother transition toward a brighter future.