Coming to an agreement with your spouse on child custody or timesharing is often one of the most challenging aspects of a Florida divorce. Both parties in a divorce case almost always have their children's best interests in mind. However, problems arise when the parents cannot agree on what timesharing plan would be best for their children. When this happens, a parent can ask the court to appoint a timesharing evaluator.
Using a Timesharing Evaluator to Create a Visitation Plan
Timesharing evaluators are psychologists with extensive experience dealing with families going through stressful situations. The timesharing evaluator will meet with each parent alone before meeting the children. Family law judges value timesharing evaluations greatly. Your judge does not have enough time to conduct as thorough an evaluation as the timesharing evaluator.
The timesharing evaluator will be able to spend the amount of time required to prepare a detailed report to present to the judge. This report, or timesharing evaluation, will take the facts of your case and apply them to the timesharing statute. The judge will use the evaluation to help make a decision about your timesharing schedule.
In fact, timesharing evaluators are valued so highly in Florida divorce cases that they are afforded a high level of protection from lawsuits. Florida law states that if a lawsuit against a timesharing evaluator is not successful, the complaining parent is responsible for all reasonable costs and attorney's fees.
If you cannot come to an agreement on a timesharing plan, ask your expert Tampa divorce attorney about retaining a timesharing evaluator.