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Daytona Beach Timesharing Lawyer: Ensuring the Best Interests of Your Child

In Florida, the court system replaced the term custody with timesharing, reflecting a more equitable approach to parenting after a divorce or separation. The legal system recognizes the importance of both parents’ contributions to a child’s upbringing and regularly approves a 50/50 timesharing arrangement for parents. The impact of divorcing parents on children can extend well into adulthood. The legal system strongly encourages parents to maintain an active role in their child’s life and provide a stable environment. The best interests of the child standard dictates how the court determines timesharing, which is part of the overall parenting plan. 

Navigating Your Legal Journey with Knowledge and Compassion

One of the foremost concerns for parents when getting a divorce or separation is how the change in family dynamics may affect their child’s psychological, emotional, and social development. At Doran Sims Wolfe & Yoon, Attorneys at Law, we understand the challenges you face in a divorce and your concerns for your children’s well-being. 

With more than 140 years of combined experience, our lawyers are committed to advocating for your rights as a parent and securing an optimal outcome for your child. Whether you and your co-parent agree on timesharing, are engaged in a contentious timesharing battle, or are seeking a modification of the current court orders, we offer reliable guidance to help you make the best decisions for your child.

Recent Changes in Timesharing Law 

Significant changes were made to Florida’s timesharing and parenting laws this past year. Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation requiring the court to consider certain factors when determining timesharing. Under Florida Statute 61.13, the changes include:

  • Rebuttable Presumption of Equal Timesharing: When determining timesharing, Florida courts now assume equal time with both parents unless there is evidence to prove otherwise. 
  • Modification of Timesharing Requirements: Before July 1, 2023, a parent seeking to modify timesharing had to prove a substantial, material, and unanticipated change in circumstances. The need to prove an unanticipated change in circumstances has now been removed. 
  • Parental Relocation Provisions: In the past, timesharing modifications were granted when a parent relocated more than 50 miles away. As of July 1, 2023, a relocation within fifty miles is now grounds for modifying a timesharing arrangement.

As always, the court has the final say in timesharing. The most important factor is the child’s best interests. Timesharing refers to how many overnight stays each parent is awarded and is a significant factor in determining child support, payable under Florida child support guidelines. 

Circumstances that Impact Timesharing Arrangements are:

  • The compliance of each parent to honor the timesharing schedule 
  • The willingness of each parent to continue a parent-child relationship
  • Whether a parent is incarcerated or has been convicted of domestic violence
  • If there is a history of child abuse, neglect, or abandonment
  • The parent’s physical and mental health
  • A parent’s history of substance or alcohol abuse
  • A parent’s ability to provide a stable environment for a child

Doran Sims Wolfe & Yoon: Legal Excellence, Personalized Service

Facing a divorce when children are involved can present many challenges. A seasoned divorce lawyer can help you achieve a reasonable timesharing and parenting plan. Our legal team is your best defense if you face false allegations that affect your timesharing or parenting plan orders or if you are an unmarried parent being denied time with your child. Contact Doran Sims Wolfe & Yoon for a Free Consultation at (386) 253-1111. We will advocate for you and your child every step of the way.