Lawyers Who Will Fight to Give Tampa Parents Time with Their Kids
If you are divorcing or separated from your child’s mother or father and worried about how much time you will get with your kid, it can almost seem like Hillsborough County itself is teasing you.
Everywhere you look there are amazing things for parents to do with their kids. On sunny days, you can set up a beach umbrella at one of the area’s beautiful beaches or zip down a water slide at Adventure Island. When the weather is rainy, you can catch a classic flick at the historic Tampa Theatre or marvel at the exhibits of the Museum of Science and Industry.
How can you make sure that you get enough time with your child to enjoy all of these things with them? To be involved with their life and encourage them to be involved with yours? To simply see them grow into amazing human beings? It comes down to the timesharing agreement you create with your ex.
Timesharing refers to the schedule that determines when you and your former spouse will each get to spend time with your kids, including holidays, school breaks, and birthdays.
Florida law typically prefers that both parents have timesharing rights with their children, but this can vary depending on specific factors. Ultimately, the court will order a timesharing schedule it believes to be in the best interests of the children, taking into account factors such as parents’ mental and physical health, moral fitness, economic circumstances, and involvement in school or extracurricular activities.
At Florida Family Law Clinic, our attorneys can help you develop a timesharing agreement that protects your rights to parenting time and will benefit your children in both the short and the long term. If disputes arise, we know how to litigate timesharing cases and can help you present your case to a judge.
We’ve helped many Tampa area families create effective plans that work for parents and their children in the real world, and we can help your family, too. Contact our law firm for a free 20-minute consultation, and one of our seasoned attorneys can help you understand your rights regarding timesharing.
How an Experienced Timesharing Attorney Can Help Hillsborough Parents
It is highly advisable to seek representation from an experienced family law attorney when dealing with timesharing issues in Florida. Laws surrounding child custody and visitation in Florida are complex, and an attorney can help you navigate the challenges while protecting the welfare of your children.
The lawyers at Florida Family Law Clinic have years of experience representing parents in custody, visitation, and timesharing matters. Our attorneys are familiar with the ins and outs of Florida timesharing law and can help you present your case in a favorable light. Our legal team will work hard to ensure you receive the most possible time with your children.
Timesharing with Florida Family Law Clinic: More Time with Your Kids, More Money in Your Pocket
Timesharing cases can be both emotionally and financially draining, potentially involving court appearances, paperwork, and evaluations from child psychologists and other experts. Do not let costly lawyer fees add to the financial expense of your timesharing case.
With many lawyers charging as much as $400 per hour for timesharing cases, it is not uncommon for the legal bills of Tampa parents to exceed $30,000. At Florida Family Law Clinic though, we do things a bit differently.
We believe that people of all income levels should have access to quality legal representation. Because of this, our attorneys offer their legal services at the competitive rate of $175 per hour in addition to providing a free initial consultation.
With our skilled, affordable lawyers, you can protect your rights and your family without having to empty out your bank account.
Understanding the Nuts and Bolts of Timesharing in the Tampa Area
In 2008, Florida replaced the terms “child custody” and “visitation” with “timesharing.” Instead of naming one parent as the primary residential parent, Florida courts now require parents to develop a unique parenting plan with a schedule that dictates when a child will spend time with each party.
These so-called “timesharing schedules” must address where a child will spend weekdays, weekends, holidays, and summer break. Courts generally believe it is in a child’s best interest to have a relationship with both parents and encourage parents to cooperate to craft a timesharing schedule they both agree on.
If, however, parents cannot agree on a timesharing schedule, the courts will create a timesharing schedule for them. Courts will consider the following factors:
“(a) The demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship, to honor the time-sharing schedule, and to be reasonable when changes are required.
(b) The anticipated division of parental responsibilities after the litigation, including the extent to which parental responsibilities will be delegated to third parties.
(c) The demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to determine, consider, and act upon the needs of the child as opposed to the needs or desires of the parent.
(d) The length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment and the desirability of maintaining continuity.
(e) The geographic viability of the parenting plan, with special attention paid to the needs of school-age children and the amount of time to be spent traveling to effectuate the parenting plan. This factor does not create a presumption for or against relocation of either parent with a child.
(f) The moral fitness of the parents.
(g) The mental and physical health of the parents.
(h) The home, school, and community record of the child.
(i) The reasonable preference of the child, if the court deems the child to be of sufficient intelligence, understanding, and experience to express a preference.
(j) The demonstrated knowledge, capacity, and disposition of each parent to be informed of the circumstances of the minor child, including, but not limited to, the child’s friends, teachers, medical care providers, daily activities, and favorite things.
(k) The demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to provide a consistent routine for the child, such as discipline, and daily schedules for homework, meals, and bedtime.
(l) The demonstrated capacity of each parent to communicate with and keep the other parent informed of issues and activities regarding the minor child, and the willingness of each parent to adopt a unified front on all major issues when dealing with the child.
(m) Evidence of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, child abandonment, or child neglect, regardless of whether a prior or pending action relating to those issues has been brought. If the court accepts evidence of prior or pending actions regarding domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, child abandonment, or child neglect, the court must specifically acknowledge in writing that such evidence was considered when evaluating the best interests of the child.
(n) Evidence that either parent has knowingly provided false information to the court regarding any prior or pending action regarding domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, child abandonment, or child neglect.
(o) The particular parenting tasks customarily performed by each parent and the division of parental responsibilities before the institution of litigation and during the pending litigation, including the extent to which parenting responsibilities were undertaken by third parties.
(p) The demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to participate and be involved in the child’s school and extracurricular activities.
(q) The demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to maintain an environment for the child which is free from substance abuse.
(r) The capacity and disposition of each parent to protect the child from the ongoing litigation as demonstrated by not discussing the litigation with the child, not sharing documents or electronic media related to the litigation with the child, and refraining from disparaging comments about the other parent to the child.
(s) The developmental stages and needs of the child and the demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to meet the child’s developmental needs.
(t) Any other factor that is relevant to the determination of a specific parenting plan, including the time-sharing schedule.”
As you can see, there is a lot to take in. Trying to navigate the process on your own can be confusing and time-consuming, and often will not end up with the best result for you or your kids.
That is where we come in. Our lawyers handle these types of cases every day, and they understand the law intimately. They know what the courts look for and the kinds of information most likely to help and hurt your cause. Just as importantly, they can break the law down for you in a way that makes it easier to understand, so you know exactly what is happening every step of the way and how we are fighting for your rights and your family.
Get in Touch Now for Help with Your Hillsborough County Timesharing Issues
When establishing a timesharing schedule, it may be in your best interests to cooperate with your spouse. Not only is timesharing litigation expensive, it can leave many vital matters regarding your child’s future up to the courts.
The attorneys at Florida Family Law clinic can help you pursue a settlement that both parties are happy with. In the event you cannot reach a decision, our lawyers can also advocate for you and your children’s best interests in court.
Get the process started now by reaching out to us. To set up your free 20-minute initial consultation, all you need to do is shoot us an email at Assistant@FloridaFamilyLawClinic.com, fill out our simple online form, or call one of our offices across Florida: