There are not enough facts in your question to provide you with a clear answer. It depends on how long you have not been with the children and the reason that you were not with the children along with the age of the children. If, for example, you were not with the children for a long time period and the children are very young, there may be a reintroduction or phase-in period. If the children are older, and therefore, know you, are bonded to you, would have no issues with remembering you, then the modification may be effective immediately. I would urge you to consult with an attorney to discuss your specific facts and circumstances.
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Ms. Augen is correct. I practice in your county and there are not enough facts to answer fully. Usually, however, the Judges in Pinellas County will have a period of time to 'reintroduce' a parent to a child if a major change in time-sharing is ordered. Good luck.
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It all depends on the judge and whether he rules at the trial and then it depends on how he rules as well. How are you so sure that you will prevail?
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