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Detailing Florida’s default custody schedule

A great deal of emotion can be involved in divorce cases in Sarasota. Couples who once held each other in high regard can often find that those feelings remain equally strong (they now simply have a negative connotation). This contention can make coming to mutual agreements on important issues such as child custody difficult.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 22.1 million children in the U.S. live in households where one parent is not present. The hope is that when the parents of these kids need to create a custody schedule, they can work together to come up with an agreement that is suitable to both. Yet what happens if they cannot? 

Section 409.25633 of the Florida state statutes details the state’s default custody schedule. This schedule addresses scenarios where one parent has primary custody of the children during the week. Per this schedule, the non-custodial parent is entitled to: 

  • Weekends: The second and fourth weekend of every month (from 6pm on Friday to 6pm on Sunday)
  • Weeknights: One weeknight with the kids (from 6pm to 8pm)
  • Thanksgiving: The entire Thanksgiving break (from 6pm on Wednesday to 6pm on Sunday) on even-numbered years
  • Winter break: The first half of winter break on odd-numbered years (from 6pm the day school is released until noon on December 26), and the second half of winter break on even-numbered years (from noon on December 26 to 6pm the day prior to school resuming)
  • Spring break: The entire spring break (from 6pm the day school is released to 6pm the day prior to it resuming) on even-numbered years
  • Summer break: Two consecutive weeks beginning on 6pm on the Sunday immediately after school has beenreleased

Even when this custody schedule is imposed, parents can work together to make exceptions to accommodate each other’s schedules. 

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