On behalf of Ronald H. Kauffman, P.A. posted in Timesharing/Visitation on Monday, February 3, 2014.

I will be speaking Friday, February 7, 2014, at the Florida Chapter of the AFCC Miami Regional Training held at the Lawson E. Thomas Family Courthouse. The subject is: “Equal Time-sharing: Is It Presumptively Best?” The AFCC is an organization of judges, lawyers, mental health professionals, and other experts who are improving the lives of children and families. The training is open to anyone interested in this important, interesting and timely topic.

Child custody, now known in Florida as time-sharing, can be an extremely painful part of any divorce or separation. Fathers think courts always side with Mothers. Conversely, Mothers worry Fathers only want to increase timesharing to lower their child support obligations. When parents can’t agree, the court has to decide.

What are the presumptions judges must rely on in creating a parenting plan and time-sharing schedule? Have you ever wondered what judges, lawyers, parenting plan evaluators, guardians ad litem and other related professionals thought of equal timesharing? If so, then this is an event for you.

Florida used to have a judicially created presumption against rotating custody. Then last year, legislators working on the alimony bill added a last-minute provision requiring courts to order equal timesharing. The alimony bill was ultimately vetoed by Governor Scott at the last minute. However, there are rumors that it may surface during this upcoming legislative session.

I hope to see lawyers, judges, clients, anyone interested in this topic, and readers of this blog there.