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Time-Sharing and Parenting Plans

When minor children are involved in divorce proceedings, the parties are required to enter into a parenting plan that determines the day-to-day responsibilities of the parents over the children, as well as determine a time-sharing schedule, a holiday schedule, and parental responsibility over the major issues affecting a child’s life, such as, their education, religious upbringing, non-emergency medical decisions, and extra-curricular activities.

In Florida, a court can award the parties "shared parental responsibility," or it can award one of the parties "sole parental responsibility". Generally, there is a preference for shared parental responsibility. Shared parental responsibility is a court-ordered relationship in which both parents retain full parental rights and responsibilities concerning their child and in which both parents confer with each other so that major decisions affecting the welfare of the child will be determined jointly. Sole parental responsibility is a court-ordered relationship in which one parent makes decisions regarding the minor child without consulting the other parent. Furthermore, a court can order shared parental responsibility with ultimate responsibility over one or more aspects of the child’s life to one parent or divided between the parents.

It is important to understand that the determination of parental responsibility is separate and distinct from the time-sharing schedule. A time-sharing schedule refers to the time the child will be spending with each parent and details where the child will be living from day to day during the year. Our goal at Hertz Sager is to resolve your case without causing you to lose all of your money and assets while retaining your dignity and sanity.

The time-sharing and the determination of parental responsibility of your children are the most personal and, perhaps, the most important part of your case. Issues related to children that regularly arise and must be determined in divorce cases and paternity cases involve parental responsibility, co-parenting, time-sharing, residential determination, relocation, and post-judgment modification of these matters.

We know that you will always try and consider the best interests of your children. However, your spouse or opposing parent may be more focused on the monetary aspects of your case. We will focus our efforts on the heart of your case, the children. We will strive to ensure that your children are protected and sheltered from the turbulence of any legal disputes.

Cases involving children are necessarily emotional and may become quite complicated. We can direct you to an appropriate mental health professional if it appears that you or your children will benefit from such crisis management.

Sometimes, your case may require a Guardian Ad Litem to conduct an impartial investigation and to act as the eyes and ears of the judge. We have experience serving as Guardian Ad Litems in complicated and contentious cases, so we know when it is appropriate to have the court appoint a Guardian Ad Litem and help you with such an investigation. At all times, our focus is the best interest of your children based upon your beliefs and values for them.

Client Reviews
"Christy Hertz helped me tremendously with co-parenting issues concerning my daughter. She was fair, listened to me and gave me great advice. She was honest with me, and I have great respect for her because of it. Ultimately, my daughter's father recognized what he needed to do for our daughter's wellbeing. Thanks to Christy, he became much more cooperative, and his cooperation will help in my daughter's development now and for years to come. I'd say she is worth every penny." K. D.
"Christy’s polished demeanor is professional and highly effective. She ALWAYS has a plan and it's ALWAYS the correct one. In representing me from the divorce consultation to the final agreement, her practical, point-blank approach is a well appreciated one. If you are looking for the best attorney to help you achieve the best possible outcome, SHE IS IT!" Sarah
"This is a great firm. Christy and her colleagues represented us through a four year, highly complicated case. We were well represented throughout the whole process. The firm is professional, knowledgable, experienced, and highly effective. These are thorough, hard working attorneys who are competent in every aspect. Christy is quick on her feet, a wealth of knowledge, and an excellent litigator. No games here. Clients first and exceptional service. Look no further." Rob
"Katie made me feel comfortable and confident. She follows through and is very patient to answer any questions you may have. If you're feeling nervous she assures you everything will be ok because she will be there with you every step of the way. Katie is very detailed and available at all times. I will eternally be grateful for how she took care of my case. Thank you Katie!!!!" Ely
"Katie, Helped me with my modification for child support. Being in the military it is very complexed dealing with pay and state laws but Katie guided me the whole way and made the process seem easy. I highly recommend Katie she is very knowledgeable and I felt I could trust her to look for my best interest. Thank you Katie for your help!" Anonymous