Gainesville Custody & Time-Sharing Attorneys
Helping Parents throughout North Central Florida
Florida family law statutes have replaced the term “child custody” with “time-sharing,” in part to emphasize that the decisions made in this area will focus on the best interests of the child.
No matter what term is given to the process of determining where children will spend their days and nights when their parents’ relationship ends, it continues to be among the most emotional aspects of family law. Remember, you cannot be there for your child if you do not have what you need. To make that possible, it is in your best interest to retain a Gainesville child custody attorney.
More parents in time-sharing disputes these days are not married. It is important to note that this does not impact either parent’s rights or responsibilities regarding time-sharing or child support. For legal assistance and guidance in this matter, consult with Bauer Law Group, P.A. today.
Understanding Florida Laws Regarding Time-Sharing
When it makes sense, Florida courts encourage both parents to remain involved in their children’s lives following the end of a relationship. The concepts of “primary custody” and “shared child custody” have been replaced by “majority time-sharing” and “equal time-sharing.” If there is any reason why one parent should not have time-sharing rights – for example, if they have a history of drug abuse or domestic violence – courts will likely prevent the parent from spending time with the child or order supervised visitation.
Advocating for Your Children’s Best Interests
At Bauer Law Group, P.A., we fully agree with the state’s expressed intent to keep a child’s best interests in mind when making time-sharing decisions. However, we have seen many parents who are quick to compromise on an unfair time-sharing agreement to minimize the impact of a divorce or the end of a nonmarital relationship on their children. Supporting a child’s best interests does not mean you need to give up your rights to spend time with your child. As a parent, you have equal rights to your child as your ex-spouse or partner.
We impress upon our clients that we will be assertive in protecting their parental rights because that is what truly is in their family's best interest. Sometimes, the long-term benefit requires more short-term confrontation than one would like.
Reaching an Agreement Without Litigation
At Bauer Law Group, P.A., we work to reach agreements on time-sharing issues without the need to litigate. In our experience, both parents are usually more satisfied in the long run when they reach an agreement together rather than placing the decision in the hands of a family court judge who obviously does not understand their child’s needs as well as they do.
If a fair agreement cannot be reached, however, we are trial-tested lawyers who are always prepared to advocate aggressively in court on behalf of our clients. As experienced child custody attorneys in Gainesville, we will always fight to protect your parental rights.
In Florida, unmarried fathers must establish paternity of their child before they can pursue legal custody or time-sharing with their child. We guide our clients through the paternity process to protect their rights as fathers.