Never a truer statement has been made then “the buck stops here”, when dealing with time sharing issues in a divorce case. What this means is that the judge must have the final word in all issues which affect minor children, and he does not have the legal authorization to delegate that responsibility to any third party, including a therapist.
The animosity between parents can lead to difficult situations with their minor children. When a parent’s anger adversely affects the minor children, that particular parent may end up with restricted contact with their minor children. When one parent suffers from anxiety or depression, their behavior may have adverse effects on their children. In either one of these scenarios, a therapist might be called in to intervene, and make recommendations to the court as to future prospects for time sharing, if a parents rights have been temporarily restricted.
In Grigsby v. Grigsby, 39 So 3rd 453 (Florida 2nd DCA 2010), the mother suffered a suspension of her time sharing with her children. The trial court failed to delineate what was required of the mother in order to reestablish her time sharing. As a result of the trial court’s failure to delineate, the decision was reversed on appeal.