So most people think of child custody within those terms, child custody. Florida actually no longer uses the term custody we actually use parental responsibility and time sharing.
Parental responsibility is the ability to make decisions for your children, where they go to school, which doctor is going to take care of them, if they need surgery, who the surgeon is going to be; major decisions that are typically made between the parents whether they are married or unmarried. So that’s parental responsibility.
Then you have time sharing and time sharing is what used to be considered sort of custody which is how much time they’re actually spending with any parent and the general theme right now is 50/50 time sharing where they’re spending either one week with mom and then one week with dad or sometimes with smaller children you have what’s called a 2, 2, 3 schedule; two days with one parent, two days with another parent and then alternating weekends, three-day weekends, with either parent.
So this is where the trend is going, 50% for each parent, but every family is going to have specific needs. Sometimes when children are in school the 50/50 schedule may not work very well. Other parents travel or don’t have the ability to have that kind of schedule but definitely we have been moving away a little bit from the original what sort of people consider the default schedule which is alternating weekends just for dad. Now you see alternating weekends sometimes for mom or schedules that will vary really maybe one kind of schedule during the summer and a different kind of schedule during the school year.
But ultimately time sharing is an issue that will need to be considered by the court if the parties can’t agree.See all videos