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Timesharing when you live states apart

On Behalf of | Dec 16, 2021 | Child Custody

Just before your divorce, you were at a critical juncture in your life. You had a fantastic opportunity to work in another state, which would significantly increase your income while also moving you to an area with a lower cost of living. To you, it made perfect sense to move your family there. Your spouse, however, decided that they wouldn’t go. It caused a rift, leading to the divorce you’re dealing with now.

As a divorcing parent who wants to move out of state, it can be hard to determine how to share time with your child. You might have valid reasons why a move would benefit your children, such as family and a better financial situation. Your spouse may have grounds for wanting the child to remain with them in Florida.

What can you do about timesharing if you plan to relocate after your divorce?

The most important thing to do is to have a relocation plan. This plan should cover some basics, such as where you will live, how far away it is from your current home, and what school your child will attend. Put together a suggestion for timesharing based on this. For example, suggest that your child lives with you throughout the school year but visits the other parent on school holidays and over the summer break. Offer time for the other parent to visit, call and connect with your child.

If the other parent disagrees with this kind of schedule, they may suggest their own that keeps your child in Florida. If this happens and you both cannot agree on where your child should live, you may need to go to court to argue your position.