Examples of Florida Time-Sharing Schedules
There is no “one size fits all” parenting plan. Instead, the kind of time-sharing schedule that works for a family will depend on their specific circumstances, including the ages of the children, the distances between the parents’ homes, and the wishes of the parties involved. There are, however, a few different types of schedules that are especially common in Florida. To learn more about these time-sharing schedules and whether they could be right for your family, please contact our experienced child visitation and time-sharing legal team today.
Time-Sharing Schedule Guidelines
Time-sharing schedules are a part of parenting plans that explain how a child’s parents will share custody. Couples can either agree to a time-sharing arrangement in a settlement, or can submit proposed schedules to a judge, who will then be tasked with approving a plan that is in the child’s best interests. Generally, this means that time-sharing schedules must:
- Ensure a child’s security and stability;
- Shield a child from conflict as much as possible;
- Minimize any disruption to the child’s life;
- Maximize relationships between a child and both of his or her parents; and
- Plan for potential changes in circumstances.
Time-sharing schedules must also be detailed, clearly indicating when each parent’s time-sharing begins and ends and must also include information about how and where children will be exchanged. Finally, courts require a specific summer break schedule, as well as details about how a child will spend his or her holidays and special occasions. Often, families find that the best way to handle these plans is to alternate which parent spends a certain holiday with his or her child.
Common Time-Sharing Schedules
Although the type of parenting plan that a family creates will depend in large part on their specific circumstances, there are a few standard schedules that many families choose to utilize, including:
- Alternating weeks schedules, which allow a child to spend seven days with one parent and then the next seven with the other parent;
- The 3-4-4-3 schedule, under which a child spends three days with one parent and then four days with the other parent, until the next week, when he or she spends four days with the first parent and three days with the other parent; and
- The 2-2-5-5 schedule, which allows a child to spend two days with one parent, two days with the other parent and then five days with the first parent and five with the second parent.
These schedules are all based on an equal time-sharing arrangement. If such a schedule is not possible, however, a family could utilize the “every extended weekend” schedule, which is a 60/40 arrangement that allows a child to spend weekdays with one parent and a long weekend with the other. The every weekend schedule, on the other hand, is a 70/30 arrangement, in which a child spends weekdays with one parent and a two day weekend with the other. If this arrangement isn’t possible, a family could choose an 80/20 arrangement, wherein a child lives primarily with one parent, but visits the other parent every other weekend.
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