Parenting plans required during divorce in Florida

When a couple with children divorce, the situation can be tough for all involved, especially the children. A parenting plan is something that can make this situation easier on the kids.

In Florida, a parenting plan is required in all cases involving time-sharing with minor children, even when time-sharing is not in dispute. A parenting plan must primarily take into consideration the best interests of the children. We work with our clients to help devise a parenting plan that is tailored to their families’ needs. At the very least, the parenting plan will outline parental responsibility, a parenting time schedule, and child support.

Effects of DivorceThe plan must outline how the parties involved will share and be responsible for the daily tasks associated with raising children. It should also specify the time that the children will spend with each parent, who will be responsible for any and all forms of health care, school-related matters, and the methods by which parents will communicate with the children.

When an agreement has been reached, both parties must sign the parenting plan. After completing the plan, it should be filed with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where the divorce petition was filed. If the parties are unable to reach a consensus on the terms of the parenting plan, then the Judge will ultimately enter a parenting plan that he or she believes is in the best interest of the children based on the evidence presented at trial.

We encourage our clients to take the time to iron out the details of the parenting plan with the other parent. As the children’s parents, they have a better understanding about what is important to them and what is in the children’s best interests. They can be more creative than a Judge in fashioning whatever schedule would work best for their family.

For more information on divorce and family law issues, email Keith@AttorneyGrossman.com, or call toll free: 877-687-1392, or locally: 239-210-7516.

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