Orlando Timesharing & Parenting Lawyer
Where will the children live after the divorce, and how much time will they spend with each parent? How will important decisions about the children’s upbringing be made, when the parents are no longer working together as one family unit? When couples who have children decide to divorce, questions such as these are often the most important – and most challenging – issues to resolve. At the Donna Hung Law Group, our Orlando timesharing & parenting lawyers bring together years of experience negotiating, mediating and litigating on behalf of families to help ensure a timesharing schedule and parenting plan in your divorce that works for you and your family.
What You Need to Know about Timesharing and Parenting in Florida
What were once called child custody and visitation are now known in Florida as timesharing and parental responsibility. These changes reflect the rights and duties of both parents in raising their children, and the important roles both parents can play in their children’s upbringing. The public policy of the state favors each parent having frequent and continuing contact with the children post-divorce, and parental responsibility is only awarded solely to one parent where shared parental responsibility would be detrimental to the children, such as in the case of a history or pattern of domestic violence or child abuse by a parent.
If the parents can agree to a parenting plan and time-sharing schedule, the court will likely adopt it if it seems fair. If the parties cannot agree, it is up to the judge to make these decisions following a hearing where both parties may argue why the timesharing and parenting should be drawn up a certain way. The judge will consider a long list of factors in determining or approving the parenting plan and time-sharing schedule. While the best interests of the children is the most important consideration, the judge will likely look at the following factors, among others:
- The ability of a parent to foster a close relationship with the child and the other parent and honor the schedule
- The division of parental responsibilities
- The ability of a parent to act in the child’s best interests
- The need for continuity in the child’s home environment
- Any evidence of domestic violence or child abuse
- The child’s preference in certain circumstances
How the Donna Hung Law Group can Help
Whether through negotiations, mediation or collaborative law, our attorneys can work closely with you to devise a comprehensive and detailed schedule that is practical, workable, and enforceable. Our lawyers also prove to be effective advocates in court when an agreement cannot be reached. We can also be of help when a parent is seeking to modify the timesharing or parenting schedule. Modifications are difficult but not impossible. We know how to gather the evidence and present a persuasive case regarding whether a proposed modification should or should not be adopted. With our years of experience handling domestic violence cases and representing fathers’ rights in child custody, we are prepared to tackle any issue in your divorce regarding timesharing and parenting.
Let Our Experienced Orlando Timesharing & Parenting Lawyers Help
For sound advice and effective representation regarding the timesharing and parenting aspects of your Florida divorce, call the Donna Hung Law Group in Orlando at 407-999-0099 to speak with a compassionate and dedicated Florida family law attorney.