The state of Florida has firm laws set in place to protect children; the rights of fathers to spend time with their children is not always automatic. As such, fathers sometimes need to assert their parental rights in court if they want to have a meaningful presence in the lives of their children.
Fortunately for fathers, one fairly recent development in Florida family law is the fact that what used to be known as "visitation laws" are now "time sharing laws." Time sharing laws refer to the actual parenting plan that lays out the schedule for when and where a father will spend time with his or her children. The parenting plan also plays a role in how much a father will pay for child support.