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Navigating divorce or separation is challenging for everyone, especially children. Witnessing the dissolution of their parents’ marriage can be stressful and confusing, regardless of age. Prioritizing the well-being of children is crucial during these unsettling times.

In Fort Lauderdale, at Ostrovsky Law, we recognize the paramount importance of parental responsibility and time-sharing plans. We understand that parents bear the responsibility of providing stability and structure for their children amidst the changes. 

Our experienced attorney, Danielle Ostrovsky is well-versed in family court matters. We assist clients in crafting effective parenting plans that not only showcase their commitment to caring for their children but also prioritize the children’s welfare and security. Let us guide you through this process to ensure a smoother transition for your family.

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I had a great experience with Ostrovsky Law, communication and service was excellent. Everything was explained to me in a professional and personal manner. Highly recommend using their services for family law.

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What is the difference between Parental Responsibility and Timesharing

Paternal Responsibility: Parental Responsibility (also known as legal custody) refers to the legal rights and responsibilities that parents have for their children.

  • Decision-Making: Parents with parental responsibility are involved in making major decisions regarding the child’s upbringing. This includes decisions about education, healthcare, religion, and other significant aspects of child support.
  • Legal Rights: Parents with parental responsibility have the legal authority to make decisions on behalf of their children and to access information related to their well-being.


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Timesharing: Timesharing, also known as visitation or parenting time, pertains to the schedule and arrangements regarding when the noncustodial parent (the parent with whom the child does not primarily reside) spends time with the child.

  • Visitation Schedule: Timesharing involves establishing a specific schedule for when the noncustodial parent has physical custody of the child. This schedule can include regular visitation, holidays, vacations, and other agreed-upon times.
  • Physical Custody: During timesharing, the noncustodial parent has the right to have the child physically present and engaged in activities during their allotted time.

When making a Parenting Plan, the court considers an array of factors, including the child’s age, developmental needs, preferences, and the parent’s ability to communicate and collaborate effectively. Nestled in Fort Lauderdale, Ostrovsky Law understands the nuanced and emotionally charged nature of parental responsibility and timesharing discussions. Danielle, with her extensive experience in navigating these intricacies, stands ready to provide guidance and representation.

With a profound understanding of parental responsibility and timesharing complexities, Danielle brings valuable insights to address your concerns. She collaborates closely with clients, taking the time to understand their unique wants, goals, and apprehensions. Leveraging her role as a mother herself, Danielle recognizes the importance of incorporating every detail into a parenting plan. This meticulous approach aims to foster effective co-parenting that aligns with the best interests of your child.

For those in Fort Lauderdale grappling with parental responsibility and timesharing challenges, Danielle Ostrovsky at Ostrovsky Law is a steadfast ally. Her expertise extends beyond to encompass various family law matters, including divorce, custody, parental responsibility, and paternity.

Parental Responsibility and Timesharing (Custody) FAQs

Parental Responsibility is the parents ability to make major decisions that affect the minor children such as where the children will go to school, medical care, and other aspects of the child’s life. Timesharing, which formerly was known as custody, is the time that the minor children spend with each parent. In a Florida divorce or paternity case, a Parenting Plan will be signed by the parties or entered by the Court, which will state the type of parental responsibility that the parents have, and a timesharing schedule for the parents and the minor children to follow.


Shared parental responsibility means that both parents have equal decision-making authority and must consult with each other when making major decisions. Florida defaults to shared parental responsibility in the vast majority of cases. Shared parental responsibility with ultimate decision making is when the parents first try to jointly agree on a major decision, such as where the children will go to school and if they cannot jointly agree, then the parent that has the ultimate decision gets to make the final decision on which school they will go to.

In general, it is rare for a parent to be completely denied timesharing unless there are serious concerns about the child’s safety or well-being. However, the court may impose restrictions on timesharing or require supervised visitation if it is deemed necessary to protect the child’s best interests.

Practice Areas

At Ostrovsky Law, we specialize in a wide range of family law practice areas to address the unique needs of our clients. Our practice areas include:

Divorce Litigation: Our divorce attorneys have extensive experience in handling complex divorce cases and will work diligently to protect your rights and interests throughout the litigation process.

Alimony: We provide guidance and representation in matters related to spousal support, ensuring fair and reasonable alimony arrangements are reached.

Child Support: Our attorneys assist clients in matters involving child support, ensuring the best interests of the child are prioritized while advocating for fair support arrangements.

High Net Worth Asset Division Divorce: We have the expertise to handle divorces involving substantial assets, complex financial holdings, and property division to secure a fair distribution.

Parental Responsibility and Timesharing: Our attorneys help clients navigate issues related to parental responsibility, custody, and timesharing arrangements, with the goal of protecting the well-being of the children involved.

Paternity: We assist clients in establishing or disputing paternity rights and obligations, ensuring legal recognition and the protection of parental rights.

Modifications: Our attorneys can guide you through the process of modifying existing court orders related to child support, alimony, custody, or visitation to reflect changing circumstances.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements: We provide legal counsel and drafting services for prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, helping clients protect their assets and clarify financial expectations before and after marriage.

Uncontested Divorce: If you and your spouse are seeking an amicable divorce, our attorneys can assist you in navigating the uncontested divorce process, making it smoother and more efficient.

Collaborative Divorce: We offer collaborative divorce services, encouraging a cooperative approach that seeks mutually beneficial solutions outside of litigation.

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If you are navigating through this challenging phase, reach out to Ostrovsky Law for a consultation and chart the path toward the optimal outcome for your case.

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In addition to our offices in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Ostrovsky Law is proud to serve all of Broward County, including DaviePembroke PinesHollywoodCooper CityCoral SpringsPlantationPompano Beach and more. We’re here to assist clients across South Florida, offering dedicated legal representation in family law matters and divorce cases.

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