Child Custody & Visitation

Child Custody and Visitation is Parental Timesharing

Sometimes during the heat of divorce, the parents forget that their children are human beings and not bargaining chips. Across the United States, courts view the "best interest of the child" as the key factor in determining time sharing schedules, and the elements of a parenting plan. In Florida, we call this parental timesharing.

Schwam-Wilcox & Associates, is a small law firm with a single attorney devoted to and experienced in family law matters, including divorce and parental timesharing. An experienced Orlando child custody lawyer can help you make the parental timesharing decisions you need to make, so that your children's fate is not left up to a family law judge to determine.

"Since parents will be in each other's lives even after a divorce is final, it is important that I counsel my client in such a way that they are empowered. I give them the tools to maintain a positive relationship with the other parent for the benefit of the children." Camy B. Schwam-Wilcox

What is Parental Timesharing?

Parental timesharing, the number of overnight visits with each parent, is one of the factors used in Florida child support calculations. There are two aspects of parental timesharing, and an experienced attorney can help you find an agreeable solution to both of them.

  • Decision making ability — This is the parent's ability to make health care, end of life, education, religious upbringing and other important decisions for their children.
  • Parenting time / visitation / timesharing — This is the physical time that the child spends in your care. The state feels that this should be close to equal if that is in the best interest of the child This time includes daily time as well as special times such as holidays and vacations.

"Florida law promotes that the "best interest of the child" is equal timesharing. The Florida Senate is looking at a proposed bill that makes equal timesharing presumptive. There was a delay in getting this to you as it was just amended to include this current language. While it has improved, it is still a presumption of equal timesharing. PLEASE call your Representatives and Senators giving your opinion on this bill. I do not believe this language is good for the families and children of Florida. The Family Law Section is working to kill the bill and in the alternative, improve the language. If you have ideas, please let me know. Remember this bill is attached to the alimony bill which is being opposed as written by the family law section.

If you want to see the bill please e-mail us at camy@cbswlaw.com. Contact your local representatives by phone or email so they can hear your opinions.

Camy B. Schwam-Wilcox believes that parents should be the judge of what is in their child's best interest. If you don't want the judge to unilaterally decide for you, contact Orlando child custody lawyer Camy B. Schwam-Wilcox."

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