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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Equal Timesharing in Child Custody

            Recently in Orlando there has been a trend toward couples choosing to share custody with their minor children more equally.  Both Husbands and Wives are seeking to be more actively involved in their children’s lives by spending more than every other weekend with them.  In many cases this may result in a request for equal timesharing, also called rotating custody.

            Courts must consider the best interest of the child when deciding timesharing and custody issues in Florida divorce or paternity cases.  Prior to 2008, the court was required to designate one parent the “primary” residential parent with the other parent being the “secondary” residential parent.  However, new legislation that year did away with that designation for child custody.  Today many judges, especially in Orlando, start with the presumption that there should be equal time sharing.   If your children are older or more mature, if you live close to the custodial parent, or if you live in the same school district as the custodial parent, your likelihood of being granted equal timesharing with your children may be greater.

            Getting advice from an experienced Orlando child custody attorney can help you be certain you will be granted the parenting plan that is best for you and your child.  If you would like help with a custody issue, please call our office at (407) 835-9900 or visit our website at

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