Importance Of Proper Timesharing Agreement In A Broward County Divorce

In Broward County, Florida, child custody related cases and actions are classified as timesharing agreements.  Here at Brodzki, Jacobs, & Brook, we understand that each custody situation is unique because families are unique.  With years of experience in working with separated or divorced parents, our attorneys specialized in family law recognize the importance of establishing a proper time sharing agreement during a Broward County divorce, for the well being and health of the minor children involved.  While family situations may vary, it is vital for the two parents to practice and maintain strong communication and honor a time-sharing agreement for their child or children involved.

A mediating attorney can assist divorcing parents in mediating a timesharing agreement for any minor children they may have together.  Timesharing is crucial for young children involved in a divorce because it allows them to spend equal amounts of time with either parent or if other circumstances are involved such as one parent traveling more than the other, creating a schedule that is fair to all parties.

The age of a child should be considered when drafting a timesharing agreement during a Broward County divorce.  Infants, from newborns to children at six months old, should have a timesharing agreement that allows them to establish a sense of familiarity and security with the custodial parent, likely being the mother if breastfeeding is being done.

Infants at the ages of six months to one year of age require a predictable routine with familiarity and a proper timesharing agreement should strive to reflect this.  The two parents involved in the timesharing agreement should not include another caregiver in this scenario as it could disrupt the child’s newly founded sense of security and familiarity, but although this is preferable, it can not always be done.  If another caregiver is needed, then the timesharing agreement should reflect this from the beginning stages.

The family law attorney should be involved to help mediate extenuating circumstances if the two parents have a child at this young of age and cannot agree on a timesharing proposal that allows a child to spend time divided amongst the two primary caregivers.  Many family law specialists and authorities on childhood development advise that a child at this young age is still developing a sense of understanding and attachment, and because of this, it is advisable that the co-parents make an effort to establish timesharing at the same locations for each visit.

Being able to maintain communication and tolerance with the other parent is essential and ideal for the child or children’s well being, both emotionally and mentally.  However, even if this is not achievable between the separated co-parents, a timesharing commitment is still in place regardless of whether the parents cannot amicably get along.

A timesharing agreement involving children who are school-aged should be constructed with the consideration that peer relationships are either beginning to form or have become essential to the child in daily life.  More flexibility may be required during this adolescent time as children become involved in a number of activities and view their friendships as equally important as their relationship with their parents.

Creative timesharing may be required in certain situations. Our Coral Springs, FLfamily law attorneys at Brodzki, Jacobs, & Brooks understand that not all parents are able to establish a timesharing agreement that allows for a 50/50 split of time spent with the child or children of the divorcing parents.  Still, basic guidelines set forth by experts in childhood development, and authorities in the field of health and wellness of children should be followed even when individualized timesharing are being formulated.

Some parents may live a great deal of distance away from the main custodial parent and this too must be deliberated on when drafting an agreement.  It is inadvisable for a young child to go more than six weeks without seeing the other parent.  Keep in mind that young children should also be protected from long travel times and so a compromise will have to be made in the timesharing agreement to accommodate the physically distant parent.

Ongoing parental conflict can adversely impact a child’s development, and this is when an established timesharing agreement holds the utmost importance.  Despite aggravated communication, failure to cooperate with one another, and even harsh outbursts, parents must obey the timesharing agreement or will otherwise have to face legal intervention.

There are also circumstances when a child has a difficult temperament and acts out during timesharing with either parent.  A timesharing agreement should be sensitive to a child adverse to change with high emotions, periods of mood changes, charged temper tantrums, and hyperbolic overreactions.  A consistent timesharing situation is absolutely necessary for establishing routines and security for a child to prevent and curb these issues.

Fortunately, with our experience in instating and drafting agreements between parents with immensely differing schedules due to jobs, health, family situations, and other mitigating circumstances, we can work with parents in developing a creative approach to timesharing.   Our collective experience in family law, custody cases and timesharing agreements have allowed us to be able to navigate unique situations that require creative approaches in resolving special situations among divorcing parents with children.

As children grow to be young adolescents and teenagers, a time-sharing situation can become more lax and flexible. Teenagers will require less stringent timesharing guidelines as opposed to children and infants.  In the cases of younger children, timesharing should be regular, consistent, and routine-based, and both parents should be heavily involved in either side of the timesharing, if possible.

Let our team of attorneys at Brodzki, Jacobs, & Brooks work alongside your family to create and establish a timesharing agreement that honors our clients’ needs, puts the children involved and their wellbeing as the utmost priority and provides our therapeutic approach during what is a stressful time for all involved.  At Brodzki, Jacobs, & Brooks, we believe in the importance of a thoughtful and established timesharing agreement to allow families to put their children first, move forward, and make what is a difficult situation, easier.

Kelly Peterson
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Experienced Divorce Lawyer Kelly Peterson handles child custody, visitation, paternity, grandparent rights and mediation cases.

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