Time Sharing (child custody) and Contact Schedule

Formerly known as Child Custody & Visitation

Florida Statutes now use the term “time sharing” instead of “child custody” or “primary residency,” and the term “contact scheduling” instead of “visitation”… No matter what terms you use, the following information will be useful to you.

At one time, when parents divorced or separated, the courts automatically awarded majority time sharing to a single parent, usually the mother. Custody rules were based on the premise that children needed to form one strong primary bond with a parent and all other bonds were secondary and not as important.

Current Research

Current research supports a different theory, that children can actually form a number of attachments with adults, all equally as strong. In fact, the more bonds children form with caring, stable adults, the better it is for them developmentally. The idea of equal parenting time or a substantial number of days in a contact schedule is based on this research. While the science behind time sharing has changed, often societal conventions and the court system lag behind. Maximizing the child contact schedule is mutually beneficial for both parents and children. With so much at stake for children and parents in a time sharing dispute, having a well-informed Family Law attorney can make a major impact on the outcome of a case and the life of a child.

A Core Belief and Cause

For over 30 years, Charles D. Jamieson has been a leading advocate of parent’s and family rights in the legal community. While practicing in Maine, he co-wrote a pivotal legal brief that promoted an emerging legal concept of shared parental rights and responsibilities. Through solid psychological data and access to well-respected experts, he has consistently helped his clients litigate or settle difficult time sharing and contact schedule issues.

Mr. Jamieson believes it is important for children to maintain a healthy, stable relationship with the adults in their lives, barring unusual circumstances. He is committed to helping families understand the issues behind time sharing and parenting, including equal parenting time, visitation rights, shared rights and responsibilities, and others. Through informed and assertive representation, he enables clients to find the best resolution for their children and protecting their rights as parents.

Grandparenting Concerns

Grandparent custody and grandparent visitation have become common concerns. The courts are recognizing with increasing frequency, the importance of the grandparent relationship. Even though the law may not appear to be sympathetic to grandparent rights to have time sharing with their grandchildren, the Law Firm of Charles D. Jamieson can find creative solutions to legally maneuver through theses obstacles and maintain relationships between grandparents and their grandchildren.

Get Help with Florida Time Sharing & Contact Schedules

There is no substitute for a confidential one-on-one review and evaluation of your situation. We provide you with access to an online calendar, so that you can reserve an open time for a meeting with Attorney Charles D. Jamieson. Online scheduling means that you can make appointments over weekends or after hours while finding a time that best accomodates your schedule. If you prefer, you are still welcome to call us at 561-478-0312 or use the online form.


(I am an attorney after all!) – The content on these videos is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject and is not intended as legal advice on your particular case. You should always consult with your own attorney before implementing anything you read or hear on the internet. The content of these videos does not create any legal relationship between you and me and it does not make me your attorney. All this being said, I hope you enjoy the videos.

-Charlie Jamieson

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Charles Jamieson is a Board Certified Marital and Family Law Attorney in Florida.

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