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Why is a visitation plan called parenting time?

As a Floridian couple seeking a divorce, you have likely heard the term “parenting time” before. But what exactly is it, and what does it mean for you, your co-parent, and your children?

In short, parenting time is Florida’s version of visitation plans, or child custody. Traditionally speaking, these types of plans tend to favor one parent over another. For example, one parent may have custody during the weekdays, while the other only gets custody during the weekends. Another common schedule is for one parent to have the children during most of the year, and for the other parent to have them over during the summer holiday. While child custody plans are usually meant to divide the responsibility of raising a child equally – or as equally as possible – there are often cases in which one parent or another ends up feeling like they got the short end of the stick.

You, as a parent living in Florida, will have parenting time instead. You will be able to work with your co-parent in order to draft the time-sharing schedule that works best for the both of you. You can create your own parenting plan. In doing so, you will be able to have more freedom to decide how much time your child will get to spend with you. You will also be able to ensure that there is not an unequal distribution of time between yourself and your co-parent.

While dealing with issues of child custody can be stressful to anyone, Florida’s new terminology and legislature allows you freedom that can hopefully put some of your concerns to rest.

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