Formerly referred to as child custody arrangements, time-sharing arrangements detail the amount of time a minor child spends with each parent following a divorce. There are many different ways a time-sharing arrangement can be structured, and there is no single “right way” to approach such a sensitive topic. Time-sharing arrangements should take into consideration the age of the children, the needs of the children, and the goals of the family.
Florida’s policy is that children should have a relationship with each parent, and unless there’s abuse or certain other factors, this is generally a good rule of thumb. A time-sharing schedule that reflects this policy makes sense for most families. A time-sharing schedule designed to punish one parent also punishes the children in the end, which is why it’s best to avoid this whenever possible.