Dads Are Important, Too: The Vital Role of Dads in Divorce and 50/50 Timesharing

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Under Florida law, there is no presumption of 50/50 timesharing for divorced parents. However, with many parents splitting time with their children under a 50/50 time-sharing schedule, divorced dads play a large role in childrearing that goes far beyond simply acting as a financial provider.

Schedules for 50/50 timesharing are frequently tailored to meet a family’s unique circumstances and the ages and needs of the children. A week-on/week-off schedule may mean that dad and mom alternate having the children for seven overnights in a row. Weekly time-sharing could also be broken up, with dad having Mondays and Tuesdays, mom having Wednesdays and Thursdays, and then alternating weekends. Or, the family may come up with a completely customized schedule.

Whatever the schedule, 50/50 timesharing provides fathers with a significant role in the raising of their children. During their parenting time, fathers are responsible for handling all child-related tasks, including school pick-up and drop-off, dinner, baths, homework, doctor’s appointments, extracurricular activities and the like. By providing an environment of love and stability, fathers can take this time together to build a strong relationship with their child, even amid the often-difficult times of a divorce.

This Father’s Day, we recognize and celebrate the contributions that fathers, stepfathers, and other father-figures make in the lives of their family and to the well-being of our entire community.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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