At Jessica Langley Lowe, P.A., I understand the emotional turmoil a parent goes through when the life of a child is at stake. I strive to not only assist my clients through this overwhelming time, but also to ensure that the best interests of the child is preserved to the greatest extent possible. In Florida, the overriding standard in establishing a time sharing plan is the best interests of the child. Florida Statutes formerly provided a “primary” custodian of minor children with visitation for the “secondary” parent.
Since 2008, Chapter 61 of the Florida Statutes has provided that there will no longer be a “primary” or “secondary” parent, but instead, a Parenting Plan with a specific time sharing schedule between the parents and children. Florida Statutes also provides an explicit list of factors that the judge will consider when he or she is determining a time sharing schedule.
Once a case is pending, parents will typically attempt to decide on a Parenting Plan and time sharing schedule in mediation. If parents cannot decide on their own, then a judge will set out a Parenting Plan and time sharing schedule for the parents.