The goal of shared parenting is for parents to collaborate and to remain actively involved in their child’s life, not just on weekends or holidays.
In most cases, parents share parental responsibility and make decisions together regarding education, health, and other important matters.
Timesharing refers to the time each parent is allowed to spend with the child or children. In more and more cases, parents have equal or nearly equal timesharing with the children. Historically, most children whose parents divorce have spent a majority of their time living with one parent — usually the mother — with the other parent getting visitation rights. But there has been a big push in recent years to balance the amount of time children spend with both parents, giving them the opportunity to be actively involved in the raising of that child.
In most states, including Florida, judges make custody decisions based on a”best interest of the child” standard. However, judges need not explain the reason(s) for their decisions. Several states have gone so far as to pass shared parenting legislation. In 2013, Florida lawmakers approved an alimony reform law that included a provision for shared parenting. However, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed the bill.
Equal timesharing isn’t for everyone and works best for those who are ready, willing and able to take on responsibilities for their child.
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