When you are getting a divorce and considering custody and time sharing Tampa FL law firms such as The McKinney Law Group can help make the process as smooth as possible. We understand that these agreements can be emotionally draining, yet they are essential to the wellbeing of the children involved. With years of experience and a profound knowledge of family law, very often we are able to get the results parents are looking for and in a timely manner.
Experienced Custody and Time Sharing Tampa FL Lawyers
Lawyers at our firm understand the complex attention that a child may need; from academic to emotional, spiritual, and overall development. We also realize that these needs can be difficult to meet, especially when two parents are no longer together. With this in mind, we consider the restrictions of custody and time sharing in Tampa FL. This may include the working schedules of each parent, vacation schedules, transitioning from one parent’s home to the other or to school, and so forth. Using this information, we can help to create a structured agreement that is fair to both parents as well as to the children.
Understanding Tampa Custody and Time Sharing
In Florida, “custody” and “visitation” has been removed from the legal statutes. Now the legal term is “time sharing” and the intention is to lessen the harshness of the situation. It is also meant to encourage parents to mutually adopt a schedule that suits their lifestyles but also encourages quality time with the children.
With regards to custody and time sharing Tampa FL parents are expected to be actively involved in making decisions that will impact their child’s life. This can include schooling, extracurricular activities, spirituality, medical care, moral development, and so forth. As lawyers, we place an emphasis on parental involvement, but only as appropriate and on a case by case basis. We strongly believe the time sharing schedule should be clearly defined and integrated without negatively impacting the children. If this process proves to be especially difficult, we may encourage mediation to ease acrimony between the parents.
Determining Child Custody in Florida
In Florida, parents usually have equal rights and responsibilities. The court’s primary focus is to ensure the child’s best interests are being considered. To determine this, the court may want to see that each parent can do the following:
- Continue a healthy relationship with the child while adhering to the timesharing schedule
- Communicate any major schedule changes to the lawyer and/or court
- Make decisions based upon the child’s needs rather than the parents’
- Implement and maintain a healthy routine for the child’s sake
- Participate in the child’s school and after school activities
- Maintain a healthy, abuse-free living environment
- Maintain healthy communications with the co-parent
- Meet all of the child’s mental, emotional, and physical needs
When it comes to custody and time sharing Tampa FL courts may also dictate additional guidelines. By having a family lawyer on your side, you can gain an understanding of what to expect during these proceedings.
If you would like to know how our custody and time sharing Tampa FL firm can help you, please call The McKinney Law Group at 813-906-0048.