Jacksonville Child Visitation Attorneys

Child Visitation, also known as “time sharing” is detailed in a Parenting Plan. It is a timetable that specifies the time, including over-nights and holidays that the minor child will spend with each parent. Time sharing is usually determined or suggested by parents unless they cannot agree, in which case the court will establish the time sharing portion of the parenting plan. Absolute denial of time-sharing is rare. The court will view time sharing is primarily for the benefit of the child. A parent’s obligation to support the child is independent of that parent’s time-sharing rights. In other words, the amount of child support a parent pays, has no affect on how much time that parent is entitled to spend with the child. If a parent denies the other parent’s rights under the time-sharing schedule, the court must award a sufficient amount of extra time-sharing to compensate for lost time, in a manner consistent with the best interests of the child.

If a parent desires a change of residence that would relocate the child more than 50 miles from its current residence, the parent must obtain the written consent of every person entitled to time-sharing with, or access to the child. If a party will not agree to provide consent, the parent who desires a change in residence must serve a petition to relocate on every person entitled to time-sharing with or access to the child.

Concurrent custody is when an eligible extended family member is awarded custodial rights to care for a child concurrently with the child’s parents or parent. The parent can still obtain physical custody of the child at anytime.

If a parent wishes to modify parental responsibility and time-sharing they must show a substantial, material, and unanticipated change of circumstances and a determination that the modification is in the best interests of the child.

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If you are facing a divorce or separation that involves a child, let the family law attorneys at McGRATH GIBSON help you navigate these complicated laws and assure that you and your children’s rights are protected. Call the lawyers of McGRATH GIBSON to schedule a consultation at (904) 358-3300. We look forward to helping you.

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