How Time-Sharing Works in Florida

How Time-Sharing Works in Florida

Divorce can be complicated, especially if there are children involved. There are many actions that can be taken for the welfare of your child(ren), and the court makes these decisions based on your specific situation. Due to this, it is very important to have someone well-versed in family law that can be there to help you work through the process and find the best solution for your family.

What is Time-Sharing?

The state of Florida does not legally recognize the term “custody”, it is instead referred to as “time-sharing” in the Sunshine State. During a divorce, courts typically make some sort of structured timeshare arrangement for the welfare of the child(ren). An even split during such arrangements would be ideal, although in some situations this may not be practical. Many variables may play a role in the final decision made for these arrangements. Family law professionals, as well as the court system, must take things such as location, career, and other lifestyle aspects into account before agreeing on a solution that works. In the end, the parent with the lighter workload would most likely be allotted more time.

While the concept of time-sharing is common in most divorce situations, sometimes the court can grant sole parental responsibility if they feel that time-sharing would prove to be detrimental for the child(ren). In most cases, sole parental responsibility would not mean no contact at all, supervised visits would be recommended.

Even if the court does find a solution that grants equal time, that could still mean that one of the parents would be responsible for providing child support. This financial support would most likely be ordered from the parent with the higher earnings, in order to ensure that there is no disruption in the child(ren)’s way of life. If one of the parents becomes unemployed, there may also be some alimony payments that would be required. This being said, earnings are the only thing considered during these situations. Conduct does not play a role in the amount of child support that has to be paid.

Can Time-Sharing be Revoked?

In situations where the court deems a parent unfit or if they find the environment unfair or unsafe, time-sharing can be revoked. It can also be revoked in situations where there are false accusations of abuse from any parent, or if they do not cooperate in co-parenting, including a parent constantly talking ill of the other parent in a manner that would stir up anger in the child(ren) against the parent.

Can Time-Sharing be Reinstated after Being Revoked?

Most of the situations that would be a cause for time-sharing being revoked, can be easily fixed. This being the case, it is possible for it to be reinstated. While some situations may be easily remediated, others may take a lot more time or effort. Parents may even have to make the hard choice of taking support of resources to tackle mental illness or addiction.

Looking for a Family Law Attorney in Jacksonville, FL?

This article does not replace the legal advice of our experienced family law professionals in Jacksonville, FL at Parra Harris Law regarding . We advise you to set up a consultation with us. 

If you are facing a divorce with children involved, our experienced family law attorneys in Jacksonville, FL will guide you through your case every step of the way.  Do not go at your divorce alone. We will offer you professional and legal support to get you through the process. 

Divorce can be a volatile event for families and it’s only exaggerated by the pandemic. You need a competent, qualified, and experienced divorce attorney working for you. The Parra Harris Law family law attorneys in Jacksonville, FL will guide you through this difficult and emotional process. 

At Parra Harris Law, we are experienced in divorce law and family law. We have over 45 years of combined experience. We handle all aspects of divorce and family law litigation issues including Child Support, Timesharing, Alimony, Property Division, Modification, and Enforcement. 

Our Jacksonville family law attorneys at Parra Harris Law would be happy to work with you.  

Let our team of legal professionals at Paris Harris Law help you get started with your family law case in Jacksonville. To contact us for more information or to set up a consultation, call us at 904-900-1617 or visit our Jacksonville divorce law page. We look forward to hearing from you.

Paola Parra Harris