Florida's Legislature Changing Custody/Time Sharing Laws
The same bill in the Florida legislature that seeks to do away with permanent alimony is also trying to mandate equal time-sharing/custody as the presumed norm instead of the historic exception to the rule. Given the current formula used to calculate child support, such provisions would significantly reduce child support in most cases. I think most parents would hail this bill as a good thing, but few would realize the ramifications of being a 50-50 parent when operating two households and two budgets. Economically speaking, unless both parents are fairly well-off, this proposal will definitely affect both parents, but if both parents are actually splitting time-sharing and expenses 50-50, then perhaps it is a good thing. Only time will tell if this proposal makes it through the Florida legislature. There are large grassroots campaigns established by both sides espousing the wisdom and evil of the proposal. As a parent and longtime family law lawyer, I have conflicting thoughts on this proposal. Only time will tell as to whether these proposals will pass and, if they do, whether they will work.