Time Sharing in Florida

Family Law

Time Sharing in Ft. Lauderdale / Miami

In a pivotal move for family law in Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 1301 into law, effective July 1, 2023. This legislative update marks a significant shift towards equalizing parental involvement in children’s lives post-divorce or separation. As a seasoned family law attorney based in Fort Lauderdale, FL, I am dedicated to helping families understand and navigate these changes to achieve the best outcomes for their children and themselves.

Key Highlights of the New Law

  • Equal Timesharing Presumption: The law now presumes that equal timesharing (often referred to as joint custody) is in the best interests of the child, streamlining the process for parents advocating for balanced involvement in their child’s life.
  • Simplified Modification Process: Modifications to child custody arrangements no longer require proof of an “unanticipated” change in circumstances, making it easier to adjust parenting plans as families grow and change.

Impact on Families

This legislation is particularly beneficial for unwed fathers and any parent previously facing challenges in securing fair timesharing. The shift from a 60/40 split to a presumption of equality empowers parents to insist on fair involvement in their child’s upbringing, ensuring that both parents play a meaningful role.

Navigating Temporary Relief and Settlement Agreements

Divorce and custody battles can be lengthy and complex, but immediate needs still arise. Temporary relief orders provide essential support for alimony, child custody, and support during the divorce process. Whether you’re facing financial struggles or need clarity on parental responsibilities and timesharing during separation, securing a temporary relief order can offer stability and peace of mind.

Why Pursue a Temporary Settlement Agreement?

  • Immediate Needs: Separation and divorce can create financial and emotional uncertainty. Temporary settlement agreements address critical issues like housing, child support, and parenting time, offering structure during transitional periods.
  • Mediation and Court Orders: Florida courts often require mediation before granting temporary relief. If unresolved, a motion can be filed for a court order, compelling fair temporary arrangements for spousal and parental support.

Advocacy for Fair and Permanent Solutions

Even with temporary orders, the goal is a fair and lasting resolution that serves the best interests of the children and respects the rights of both parents. Whether advocating for a temporary order to become permanent or adjusting arrangements for the long term, experienced legal representation is crucial.

Your Advocate in Family Law Matters

As we navigate these evolving legal landscapes together, my commitment is to provide you with the knowledgeable guidance and strong advocacy you deserve. If you’re considering a custody modification or need support with temporary relief orders during your divorce, I’m here to help.

For personalized legal advice and to discuss how Florida’s new child custody laws may impact your family, contact Attorney Gabriel Carrera at (954)-533-7593 or email me at [email protected]. Together, we can work towards a solution that prioritizes your child’s well-being and your parental rights.

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