In Florida, terms such as child custody, sole custody or even designating a primary residential parent have been done away with.  Instead, courts refer to a child’s time spent living with each parent as time-sharing.  Whenever possible, Florida courts will encourage “frequent and continuing contact” with both parents.  While the court will look at the individual circumstances and is always guided by the best interests of the child, it is a matter of public policy in Florida that both parents share in the rights and responsibilities of raising their children.

Time-Sharing Schedules

Supervised Time-Sharing

Sole Parental Responsibility in Florida

In Florida, it is an incredibly difficult task for one parent to be granted sole parental responsibility.  In sole parental responsibility, only one parent makes the decisions regarding health, education and upbringing.  In sole parental responsibility cases the child or children also maintain a physical presence with only one parent.  In order to be granted sole parental responsibility in Florida, the requesting parent must present evidence and the court must find that one parent is unfit to share parenting.

Shared Parenting


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