In Polk County, Florida, a mother appealed a court order that would modify time-sharing of her children in favor of the father.
A portion of a court order modifying time-sharing was reversed by the Second District Court of Appeal for the three reasons argued by the mother:
1. A court cannot modify time-sharing as a sanction for a parent’s contempt of a custody order. Meaning that just because the mother did not adhere to the original child custody order, it does not mean that time-sharing must be modified in the father’s favor.
2. The trial court’s order does not make an explicit finding that the change of time-sharing was in the best interests of the child or otherwise indicate that the best interests of the child had been considered.
3. The modification of time-sharing was made without affording the mother due process.
In this case, the mother’s attorney was able to help protect her child custody rights.
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