Gainesville Custody/Time Sharing Lawyers

Florida family law statutes have replaced the term "child custody" with "time sharing," in part to emphasize that the decisions made in this area will focus on the best interests of the child. No matter what term is given to the process of determining where children will spend their days and nights when their parents' relationship ends, it continues to be among the most emotional aspects of family law. It is also one of the areas that is most used to abuse the more caring parent. Remember, you can't be there for your child if you do not have what you need.

More parents in time sharing disputes these days are not married. It is important to note that this does not impact either parent's rights or responsibilities regarding time sharing or child support.

When it makes sense, Florida courts encourage both parents to remain involved in their children's lives following the end of a relationship. The concepts of "primary custody" and "shared child custody" have been replaced by "majority time sharing" and "equal time sharing."

Advocating For What's Truly In Children's Best Interests

The Law Office of Robert W. Bauer, P.A., in Gainesville represents individuals in time sharing and all other aspects of family law.

We fully agree with the state's expressed intent to keep a child's best interests in mind when making time sharing decisions. However, we have seen many parents who are quick to compromise on a time sharing agreement that is less than fair to them in the mistaken attempt to minimize the impact of a divorce or the end of a nonmarital relationship on their children.

Supporting a child's best interests does not mean you need to give up your rights to spend time with your child.

Do Not Take A Bad Deal To Keep The Peace

We impress upon our clients that we will be assertive in protecting their parental rights because that is what truly is in their best interest. Sometimes, the long-term benefit requires more short-term confrontation than one would like.

We work to reach agreement on time sharing issues without the need to litigate. It is our experience that both parents are more satisfied in the long run when they reach agreement together rather than placing the decision in the hands of a family court judge who obviously does not understand their child's needs as well as they do.

If a fair agreement cannot be reached, however, we are trial-tested attorneys who are always prepared to advocate aggressively in court on behalf of our clients. We will always fight for you to protect your parental rights.

Pursuing Paternity Actions

In Florida, unmarried fathers must establish paternity of their child before they can pursue legal custody or time sharing with their child. We guide our clients through the paternity process to protect their rights as fathers.

Contact The Law Office Of Robert W. Bauer, P.A.

If you have questions about custody/time sharing or any other family law matter, call 352-260-0207 or email us to schedule a consultation with an experienced family law lawyer.