Modifying Custody and Time-Sharing

kissfamilyParenting plans may be modified as circumstances change, however, the process can be difficult especially if the other parent does not agree to the change. Modifications of parenting plans are granted by the court, when compelling evidence is presented that justifies the request.

Section 61.13, Florida Statutes, specifically states: “A determination of parental responsibility, a parenting plan, or a time-sharing schedule may not be modified without a showing of a substantial, material, and unanticipated change in circumstances and a determination that the modification is in the best interests of the child.”

The court will evaluate many factors when considering what is in the best interest of the child as to the modifications it makes. Common reasons that may justify a modification include:

  • Change in employment or work schedule
  • Change in living situation
  • Relocation of one of the parents
  • Breakdown of communication between the parents concerning the child/children

If you are involved in a time sharing modification action, you should speak with to an experienced Family Law attorney who can explain your legal rights and options.

Let D’Lugo and DeFlora, PA help define your rights, duties, and privileges as a parent. Our Osceola County based firm is always prepared to work in a cooperative and amicable manner to obtain the most beneficial and appropriate outcome in a case. The commitment to our clients is to work towards purposeful resolutions and to do so with minimum distress and maximum value. That is extremely important and sensitive in Family Law cases.

D’Lugo and DeFlora, P.A., services Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Lake Nona, Poinciana, Osceola County and throughout Central Florida. Call us for a consultation at 407.870.5551. You can find us online at


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