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Movement Towards Equal Time-Sharing in Florida Custody Cases

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Although it may sound incredibly biased, not that long ago in Florida the preference was for the court to award primary child custody to the mother and “weekend visitation” to the the father.  It still exists in many places but in most of Florida, and particularly in Alachua County, it is no longer the norm. A recent study found that the general public favors joint custody (also known in Florida as equal time-sharing).  In such an arrangement, parents share time equally, splitting the children’s available time.

According to the study, there was consistent public support for equal time-sharing between parents in custody cases.  Even where one parent provided more of the child-care prior to the split of the parents, those surveyed continued to prefer equal time-sharing.

Surprisingly, people felt that equal parenting time was appropriate even where there was a high level of conflict between parents.  This likely sprang from the desire to avoid allowing one parent to have significantly more time to potentially “brainwash” the child against the other parent.

According to the lead author Sanford L. Braver, “The striking degree to which the public favors equal custody combined with their view that the current court system under-awards parenting time to fathers could account for past findings that the system is seriously slanted toward mothers.”

If you are concerned about your child’s custody and well-being during a potential divorce or are already involved in a divorce, contact the experienced family law attorneys with the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A.–we can help.

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