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Tampa Timesharing/Parenting Plan Lawyer

When it comes to divorce, the whole process can be fraught with stress and anger. However, one of the most contentious issues is custody and visitation. Also known as timesharing, this element is very important to parents in a divorce. They want to be able to see their children. They don’t want the other parent to take away their rights. Instead of communicating their wants and needs, parents often lash out at each other, yelling and making accusations. This makes it worse on the kids, causing them to suffer unnecessary stress and anxiety.

What are your goals in terms of child custody? How can you avoid court? Get your questions answered by the Tampa timesharing/parenting plan lawyer at Faulkner Law Group, PLLC.

Parenting Time Factors

Parenting time is based on the best interests of the children. Some factors that the court will look at include:

  • The wishes of the parent who is requesting parenting time
  • The wants of the child (if the child is of a certain age and maturity)
  • The parenting time and caretaking functions of each parent
  • The distances between the divorcing spouses’ residences and the distances between these residences and the child’s home, school, and friends
  • Any reasons for restricting parenting time, such as abuse and neglect

The most important factor is the course of conduct and the caretaking functions of each parent before the divorce began. The court will consider which parent spent more time providing caretaking functions rather than the desire of an absent parent who is only now taking interest in their children due to divorce.

Parenting Plan

All parenting cases require a parenting plan, which outlines how parents will share the rights and responsibilities of raising their children. It includes timesharing schedules so parents know when they have the children.

Parents who have settled on an agreement will submit a plan together. The judge will typically approve the plan as is, but they can order the parents to make changes for the best interests of the children. If the case goes to trial, each parent submits a proposed plan. The judge reviews the proposals and then creates a final plan that both parents must abide by.

At the very least, a parenting plan must include:

  • How the parties will be responsible for the daily tasks associated with raising the child
  • Timesharing schedule arrangements that specify which parents spends time with the children on certain dates
  • Who will be responsible for health care, school-related matters, and other activities
  • How the parents will communicate with the child

Contact Us Today

Child custody battles are not in your child’s best interest. It’s best for the parents to work out timesharing and parenting plans with each other rather than go to court and cause more stress for your child. At The Faulkner Law Group, PLLC, we understand that each child custody situation is different. We can help you get the results you are looking for when it comes to spending time with your child. To schedule a consultation with our Tampa timesharing/parenting plan lawyer, fill out the online form or call (813) 544-3919.

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