Custody and time-sharing are two separate but related issues. Custody, which in Florida is referred to as parental responsibility, is a parent's right to influence any decision that affects their child's well-being. Parents who have shared parental responsibility for a minor child must consult each other before making any decision regarding the child's secular or religious education, medical care, well-being or quality of life in general.

In Florida, time-sharing is delineated in a parenting plan that sets forth the specific days and times a minor child will be with each of his parents. A good parenting plan will contemplate weekdays, weekends, holidays, vacation time, Mother's Day, Father's Day, as well as the child's and the parent's birthdays. A parenting plan can either be agreed to by the parents, or ordered by the court if the parents cannot reach an agreement.