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Typical time-sharing schedules in Florida parenting plans

On Behalf of | Jun 8, 2023 | Child Custody, Divorce

Your Florida divorce has multiple moving variables, and unfortunately, your child’s overwhelmed in the chaotic middle. Devising an organized parenting plan with a time-sharing schedule while regularly coordinating with your ex-partner could establish a semblance of consistency in your child’s daily routine.

Customizing a workable schedule

Despite the disintegration of your marriage, you must still work out a schedule structure with your ex-partner, permitting you to perform your parental responsibilities while providing a nurturing environment for your child. Here are typical time-sharing schedules divorcing couples execute in their Florida parenting plans:

  • 2-2-3 schedule: You have your child for two days (Monday-Tuesday), then your ex-partner has the next two days (Wednesday-Thursday). After which, your child stays with you for three days on a long weekend (Friday-Sunday). The cycle continues for the following week.
  • 4-3 schedule: Your child spends four nights with you and three nights with your ex-partner. The reverse happens for the next week.
  • 5-2 schedule: Your child spends five nights with you and two nights with your ex-partner. The reverse happens for the next week.
  • Alternating weeks: Your child stays with you this week and with your ex-partner for the next week.

The usual exchange times occur at the beginning or end of school hours. The schedule must also consider special dates, like holidays, summer breaks and birthdays. Additionally, there must also be a systematic arrangement regarding the child’s transportation and extraordinary requirements to help lessen disruptions and achieve quality parent-child time.

While these are the most used guidelines, the schedule’s parameters would still heavily rely on your family’s specific dynamics and circumstances, and how you can optimize your child’s environment for their well-being and development.

Being available for your child

The sooner you and your ex-partner can consent to your parenting plan’s provisions, the sooner the court decides. Also, any modifications caused by substantial changes in your circumstances – related to work demands or severe health conditions – must always be within the child’s best interests. It’ll help to collaborate with a solid legal team to build and negotiate workable time-sharing matters.