In Florida, the terms “visitation” and “custody” are no longer part of the statutory language. Florida uses the terminology “Timeshare” or “Timesharing” to describe the amount of time that the child spends with each parent. This is usually expressed in a Parenting Plan.
Married parents are the joint legal guardians of their children. Which mean that either parent may act on behalf of the minor children.
Unmarried parents are treated differently. The mother is the legal guardian of the couples minor child. Yet, the father must establish (either by consent or DNA testing) that he is the father AND have a circuit court order establishing his rights as the legal guardian.
****Note- Even if you (an unmarried father) have consented to paternity during a Department of Revenue child support case, YOU MUST STILL ESTABLISH YOUR paternity in Circuit Court to have your rights as a father recognized.
Therefore, to enforce your timeshare, you first must be a legal guardian as the mother or the legal father. Child custody AND visitation decisions are guided by what serves “the best interest of the child.” Call our office to establish your Parenting Plan Florida Timeshare or Florida Timesharing or Florida Parenting Plan.
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