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Port St. Lucie Child Custody & Timesharing Attorney

When courts refer to relationships between a parent and his or her child, they often use terms like time-sharing, parental responsibility, and guardianship. These terms show whether the parent has the ability or right to oversee the minor’s actions. It also describes the parents level of care when it comes to the child’s wellbeing.

In the past, terms like “access”, “visitation” and “child custody” were the most commonly used legal terms around the world. However, these terms have now been replaced by terms like “residence”, “time-sharing” or “contact”. For instance, the parent who had full guardianship was said to be the parent in custody of the child. Today, however, it is said that he or she holds “parental responsibility” of the minor.

Timesharing: When It Comes To Child Custody, Where Will My Child Go?

When married couples decide to break up and live alone, issues of residence and contact arise. If the two cannot come to an agreement on where their child will live, a court may have to have intervene and help resolve the situation. This often involves looking out for the child and his or her interests. Courts will often reach a decision based on this information.

Issues of residence and contact typically become extremely heated among the involved parties. However, most former couples handle the situation through an attorney using mediation services to reach an agreement that suits both of them. However, this is just not possible in some cases. In most cases where litigation is the only way out, most couples will often do their best to make the other party look bad in an attempt to limit the amount of contact they will have with the child.

For instance, both or one of them may claim that the other abused the children or them either physically or verbally. Child custody battles are often very contentious that the media, at times, may end up picking up on them and reporting them in the news. This often leads to the public believing that custody cases are more common than most cases when they are not and may paint the court system in a negative way as a result.

In some parts of the world, child custody laws are quite different, even within the same country. However, there are some international laws that are accepted by most court systems. For instance, the Hague Convention, which protects a parent’s rights by ensuring that their child can’t be hidden overseas is accepted by most court systems. In the US, there’s the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. This act is recognized by all States and prevents a parent from contesting for custody in more than one state at a time.

Setting Up A Schedule For Timesharing and Child Custody

Child custody and visitation are old terms and are no longer in use” well, not that often. Instead, courts discuss a parenting plan with the embattled couple to come up with a workable custody schedule. Doing this helps move the focus away from the custody battle and places the spotlight on the child or children. The schedule is often in the best interest of the child. Things considered include school schedule, parent’s work schedule, the location of both parents, and the child’s age.

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