When parents separate or divorce, it is important to understand the rules around time sharing. Time-sharing refers to the schedule and responsibilities of each parent to spend time with their child.
Parents should go over common time-sharing violations in Florida and address any areas of uncertainty at once.
Following the court order
If a court gives a specific time-sharing schedule, parents have to stick to it. Ignoring the schedule consistently can lead to legal consequences. The Florida Legislature states that in addition to fines and makeup time, parents responsible for time-sharing violations could face contempt of court charges.
Unless serious concerns exist for the child’s safety, both parents should have equal access to the child during their designated time. Denying the other parent their court-ordered visitation rights is a violation. Parents should allow the child to communicate with the other parent during their scheduled time. Preventing messages, phone calls or access to technology can count as a violation.
Relocating and other concerns
If a parent plans to move with the child, they must follow the legal requirements for notification. They must notify the other parent in writing, giving them an opportunity to object or request changes to the time-sharing agreement. Failing to provide proper notice is a violation and can have legal consequences.
Children thrive on stability and consistency. Intentionally disrupting their routine or frequently changing plans without valid reasons can be a violation. Both parents should work together to create a stable and predictable environment for the child, respecting the agreed-upon time-sharing schedule. Speaking negatively about the other parent in front of the child can also be harmful. Florida courts discourage this behavior, as it can negatively impact the child’s relationship with the other parent. Parents should remember that the goal is to prioritize the child’s well-being and ensure that both parties play an active and positive role in their lives.