Time sharing is a huge issue for many divorcing parents. It’s one of those issues that can stress someone out so much that they delay filing for divorce for years or even decades. The thought of having to split your child’s time between you and your ex-spouse can be very discouraging.
Although it can be hard on the parent, it’s important to remember that some time spent with each parent is very good for the child, unless there are unusual circumstances where one parent should not be around the child.
The Florida Senate recently passed a bill that would require judges to presume that equal time between both parents is in the best interest of the child. The judge would also issue an order if the parents deviate from this new standard.
The bill has not yet been supported by the House. Those that support this bill say equal time between parents is good for the child. There is also some research that shows children may be “likely to be better adjusted” if parents have joint custody.
On the other hand, there are those that oppose the rule. They say that there isn’t enough data out there to support that equal time benefits a child. Not only that, they say that this new rule could prejudice judges before they even hear the facts of the case.
It will be interesting to see what the House decides and where this bill goes. If the law changes, it could affect not only those that plan to divorce but also those that have already been divorced and have custody arrangements in place.