Establishing Fair Timesharing Plans
Divorce can be emotionally trying. When children are involved, the process becomes more complex. At James R. Schaffer, P.A., we understand the impact that divorce has on parents and children as the family transitions. Like you, we care about the well-being of your children and want to help you and your kids effectively adjust to your new way of life.
Compassionately Advocating For Families
Florida law does not give priority to mothers or fathers in parenting and timesharing matters. Courts make determinations based on the best interests of the child in accordance with the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. Several factors determine this, including:
- Prior, current and anticipated responsibilities of each parent
- The ability of each parent to meet the child’s needs
- The capacity of each parent to have a relationship with the child
- The ability to maintain a stable environment
- The morality of each parent
- The mental and physical health of each parent
- All home, school and community records regarding the child
- The child’s preference
- Evidence of abuse, abandonment or neglect
- The ability to maintain a safe environment
Ultimately, the court will use all materials deemed relevant to determine a timesharing schedule and parenting plan that it believes will best suit the children. Courts tend to favor plans that allow both parents to share time with children equally. However, a parent may present a case to the court if he or she believes it to be in the best interest of the child to spend more time with one parent than the other. An experienced lawyer can be vital in assisting your visitation and custody efforts.
Assisting With Modifications As Circumstances Change
The future is uncertain. As life progresses and your circumstances change, you may seek to make changes to your timesharing arrangements.
To modify a custody agreement, you must prove the following:
- Your circumstances have changed significantly.
- The modification is needed to protect the best interest of your child.
We understand that your relationship with your child is important. A dedicated attorney will fight on your behalf to obtain a modification to your agreement.
Fighting To Preserve Family Relationships
At James R. Schaffer, P.A., we believe in open and honest communication with our clients. We want to fight for what is in the best interests of you and your children. We have over 20 years of experience and will use our knowledge to craft strategic solutions individualized to fit your unique needs. Contact us today. Call our Tampa office at 813-314-7218 to schedule an appointment with an advocate you can trust.