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What should I know about visitation schedules in Florida

When two parents divorce, they will need to decide on custody and visitation schedules. This can be a difficult process to navigate for someone who is not familiar with the usual way that custody and visitation arrangements are organized in the state of Florida. Hopefully, this article will shed light on some important guidelines that may come into play in the average custody and visitation plan.

First and foremost, Florida parents should know that even though "custody" and "visitation" are terms that have been used for a long time in family courts, in the state of Florida, we now use the terminology of "time-sharing" to describe which parent a child is with and when. According to the law, divorcing parents are required to submit time-sharing schedules in their parenting plans to indicate when children will be with which parent.

The time-sharing schedule is made up of three components:

-- The residential schedule (also called the everyday schedule) shows the times and days when children will be with either parent, including weekends and weekdays.

-- The holiday schedule details who the child will be with on specific holidays.

-- The summer break schedule shows where the child will be and with whom during summer break times.

To ensure that the time-sharing schedule is appropriately drafted, Florida parents may want to look to the guidance and experience of a qualified family law attorney. An experienced lawyer will know how parenting plans are usually devised, and will also be able to guide parents with different parenting plan models that are a good fit for their unique situations.

Source: custodyxchange.com, "Florida Custody and Visitation Schedule Guidelines," accessed Aug. 05, 2016

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