Orlando Parenting Plan Lawyer
If you have children, one of the requirements for getting a divorce in Florida is working out a parenting plan with your child(ren)’s other parent. You may also need to enter a parenting plan agreement if you and your child(ren)’s other parent never married, but you share custody and/or have visitation rights. At The Law Offices of Sean Smallwood, P.A. in Orlando, we are intimately familiar with Florida’s parenting plan requirements in cases of divorce and paternity, and we can help you achieve a workable and benefical parenting plan for you and your child(ren).
Requirements for Parenting Plans in Florida
In Florida, the public policy is to ensure children have frequent and continuing contact with both parents after divorce and to encourage parents to share the rights and responsibilities of raising their child(ren). During the divorce process, courts give both parents the same consideration in determining parental responsibility and time-sharing, and, in most cases, parental responsibility will be shared by both parents. To help shared parenting succeed, the court requires a parenting plan, which may be developed and agreed to by the parents and approved by the court, or, if the parents cannot agree to a parenting plan or if the parents agreed to a plan that is not approved by the court, a parenting plan will be devised by the court.
At a minimum, a parenting plan must describe in adequate detail:
- How the parties will share and be responsible for the daily tasks associated with the upbringing of the child(ren)
- The time-sharing schedule arrangements that specify the time that the minor child(ren) will spend with each parent
- A designation of who will be responsible for any and all forms of health care and school-related matters, including the address to be used for school-boundary determination and registration
- The methods and technologies that the parents will use to communicate with the child(ren)
When a court considers a proposed parenting plan or establishes a parenting plan, all circumstances between the parents, including their historic relationship, domestic violence, and other factors, such as each parent’s willingness to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship, will be evaluated. Florida law also requires both parents to attend a parenting course before a divorce may be finalized, and some courts require children of parents going through divorce to attend a class specifically designed for them. An experienced Florida parenting plan attorney can help you meet all these conditions in a manner that’s conducive to your life and family dynamic.
Talk to a Knowledgeable Florida Parenting Plan Lawyer in Orlando Today
If you have questions about Florida’s requirements for parenting plans, please contact The Law Offices of Sean Smallwood, P.A. and schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable and compassionate Orlando divorce lawyer. We’ll not only answer your questions—we’ll set you on a clear path toward achieving the best parenting plan for your situation.