How Do Parenting Plans Work in Florida Divorce Cases?

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Forget “custody,” parenting plans have to be a part of any Florida divorce case where there are children involved. As explained in the above video, this plan will outline exactly how and when each parent will spend time with the child. Let’s look a little more closely at what goes into this process.

Why does Florida require parenting plans?

When filing for divorce, parents in Florida used to have to create a visitation schedule, and many people disliked the idea of having to request visits with their own child. The purpose of having a parenting plan – and the reason Florida now uses the term “time sharing” instead of “custody” – is to emphasize that each parent is valuable to their child and that there’s no “primary” or “secondary” caregiver.

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How do parents come up with parenting plans?

Parents must work together to figure out how they will share parental responsibilities after their divorce. A parenting plan might include details like who will provide transportation to school, where the child will be on certain holidays, and how weekends will be shared. The goal is to make the transition to two households as smooth as possible for the child. The biggest change that our family law and divorce attorneys have seen is an attempt to make parenting a 50/50 endeavor, with both parents getting equal time.

What happens when the parenting plan is completed?

Parenting plans must be approved by the court. If they wish, parents can go over the plan with a lawyer in order to make sure that all aspects of childcare are covered fairly. Once the parents have come to an agreement on the plan, they must type it up and submit it to the court and then it’s up to the court to approve it.

Is it always up to the parents to create this plan?

Every situation is unique, and if the parents are unwilling or unable to work together during the divorce, the court will have to step in and create a parenting plan for them. Sometimes the court will grant more time to one parent based on a number of factors, including each parent’s current responsibilities and involvement in the child’s life. The decision ultimately comes down to what is best for the child – that’s the reason parenting plans were created in the first place.

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