Florida Custody and Visitation Schedule Guidelines

The laws about custody and visitation in Florida are found in Chapter 61 of Title VI in the Florida Statues.

Here are some guidelines from the law to help you make your custody and visitation schedule.

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Time-sharing instead of custody and visitation

Forida uses the term time-sharing instead of custody and visitation. Your time-sharing arrangements are when your child spends time with each parent.

Your time-sharing schedule

You must include a time-sharing schedule in your parenting plan that shows when the child spends time with each parent.

Your time-sharing schedule should include:

Some things to consider as you make your schedule:

  • Florida courts encourage parents to work together to make a schedule they both like
  • Your schedule should give your child frequent and continuing contact with both parents
  • Your child's age determines how long and how frequent visits are
  • Usually all the children in a family stay together for time-sharing
  • If parents are not able to agree on a schedule, the court will establish the schedule
Time-sharing schedule from the court

If you and the other parent cannot agree on a time-sharing schedule, the court will make one for you.

There is no standard schedule for the state of Florida, but many counties use a similar schedule to the one below as the guideline for making the schedule.

In the every day schedule for a child over 3 years old, the child lives with a residential parent and visit the non-residential parent.

The child visits the non-residential parent:

  • One evening during the week from after school or work to 8:30 pm
  • Every other weekend from Friday after school or work to Sunday evening at 6:00 pm or Monday morning when school starts


If the child has school off on the Friday before the non-residential parent's weekend, the weekend time starts on Thursday.


If child has school off on the Monday after the non-residential parent's weekend, the weekend ends on Monday evening or Tuesday morning when school starts.


The parents alternate the holidays as follows:


The non-residential parent has half of the child's summer break from 9 am on the second Saturday of June for 6 weeks. During this time, the residential parent has visitation with the child one weekday evening and every other weekend.

If your child is under 3 years old, the court will make an age appropriate schedule.

Provisions about your schedule in your plan

Provisions are rules that parents agree to follow as they share the responsibility to raise their child.

You can include provisions about time-sharing in your parenting plan to make your schedule run smoothly.

The parenting coordination program

If you and the other parent are not able to agree on a time-sharing schedule, the court will appoint a parenting coordinator to provide help, education, and mediation. You can prepare to meet with the parenting coordinator the same way you prepare for mediation.

You and the other parent must pay for the parenting coordinator. If you cannot afford the coordinator, the court may not require you to have one or the court may pay for it.

If you and the other parent are not able to reach an agreement with the help of the parenting coordinator, the court will make you a time-sharing schedule similar to the one above.

Additional help

Time-sharing guidelines for the counties of Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor (3rd Judicial Court)

Time-sharing suggestions for the counties of Pasco and Pinellas (6th Judicial Court)

Time-sharing guidelines for the counties of Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, Volusia (7th Judicial Court)

Parenting plans and time-sharing for the counties of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, Union (8th Judicial Court)

Time-sharing guidelines for the counties of Brevard and Seminole (18th Judicial Court)

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