When I first started practicing law in 1999, I found the visitation schedule granted to fathers as unfair. For the most part, the typical or standard schedule was alternating weekends, sometimes a day or two during the week if scheduling permitted it. Equal time-sharing was unheard of at the time.
Over the last few years, I saw an increase in litigation regarding 50/50 visitation/custody, but it was rare and while many fathers wanted to spend more time with their children, the funds were just not there to get involved in a complicated and lengthy legal battle where the results could not be guaranteed and the law did not favor fathers. Although, in many cases I witnessed parents coming together to provide equal time-sharing.
I’ve always advised fathers that the day would come that equal time-sharing and joint custody would become the norm. Now, we are witnessing it in Kentucky, and hopefully Florida follows down the same path.
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
Alexander is a family law attorney practicing in Jacksonville and the surrounding areas, including Miami, Florida. He is also the author of numerous books. For a list of his books, follow this link.