Tampa Child Custody Attorney
Time Sharing Issues in a Divorce Case
Child custody can be a serious concern in most
divorce cases. Oftentimes, parents are preoccupied with the worry that they could
lose contact with the children they love. At Catherine W. Real, P.A.,
the attorney can carefully assess your case to determine what strategy
would protect the best interest of the child. As a boutique law firm,
she provides dedicated and personalized assistance to clients to protect
Schedule your consultation with the Tampa child custody lawyer today!
Changes to Custody Laws in Florida
Florida courts always decide child custody on what they believe to be the
best interests of the child. If possible, the courts prefer to keep both
parents involved in a child's life. Traditionally, women had the upper
hand in child custody cases. This precedent was based on "the tender
years doctrine," which favored mothers as a custodial parent during
the child's tender years. Now,
Florida law demands that men are put on an even playing field because they have just as much right to have custody as the child's
In addition to this change in laws, Florida abolished the former model
that one parent received primary care of a child and the other parent
was a secondary residential parent in divorce. Now, Florida arranges many
child custody cases using equal
"time-sharing." This arrangement means that both parents may have equal or substantial
control over a child's life.
Two Types of Child Custody
The Florida family laws recognize two types of custody:
Legal custody: Legal custody refers to the responsibility of making decisions on behalf
of a minor. Individuals who have legal custody of their children can make
medical, educational, religious, and other major decisions for the child.
Physical custody: Physical custody has to do with where the child will actually live. A
parent with physical custody has the child sleep at his or her house.
Oftentimes, these two types of custody are divided among the parents either
evenly or fractionally.
Call an experienced divorce lawyer in Tampa
today to set up an initial consultation and discuss time-sharing arrangements
with the boutique law firm.