Florida law requires children under 18 to spend equal amounts of time with each parent following a divorce. This is known as "time-sharing." It can be difficult for children to adjust to going back and forth between households. While transitions can be difficult, there are ways for parents to help their children manage the time-sharing process. Keep reading to learn more about how you can support your child through this process from The Law Office Of Yeazell And Sweet.
1. Help Your Child Feel At Home in Both Places
As they transition back and forth between households, it's essential that your child feels at home in both places. To do this, ensure that both houses have the same basic rules, so your child doesn't feel like they are constantly shifting between two worlds. It may also be helpful to keep similar items in both homes (e.g., favorite clothes, toys, books). This will help your child feel comfortable no matter which house they are visiting.
2. Keep Routines Consistent
It can be helpful to create consistent routines at both houses so that your child knows what is expected of them regardless of where they are staying. Maintaining consistent bedtimes and mealtimes can help reduce stress and anxiety associated with transitioning from one place to another. Establishing a regular schedule for when your child visits each house can also help ease their worries about transitioning back and forth between homes.
3. Communicate Openly With Your Ex-Spouse
Open communication between you and your ex-spouse is critical for successful time-sharing arrangements. It will help ensure that both of you are on the same page regarding parenting decisions for your child. Regularly communicate about any changes or issues related to time-sharing—this will ensure everyone is aware of what's going on and prevent any potential conflicts down the road. Additionally, try not to speak negatively about your ex-spouse while talking with your children; this will only confuse them and increase their anxiety levels during transitions from one parent's home to the other's.
4. Work With Experienced Attorneys
Time-sharing arrangements can be difficult for children who are used to living in a single household; however, there are steps parents can take to make these transitions easier for their kids. Ultimately, by taking proactive steps now, you'll set yourself up for success down the line to make sure everyone involved has an easy experience navigating time-sharing arrangements in Florida. The team at The Law Office Of Yeazell And Sweet is here to provide you with support when you need it.
Your children should be your primary concern during a divorce. Our team can help support you and them during this difficult transition. Don’t hesitate to reach out to The Law Office Of Yeazell And Sweet– call our office at (813) 285-5705 or visit us online.