Creating a Parenting Plan that Works
A divorce is never easy for families and can be particularly difficult for children. Parents need to take time to make sure that the children’s issues are addressed and that they will have as little disruption in their lives as possible. Florida family courts ensure that the best interests of the children are always first and foremost in a divorce. To make certain that parents take the time necessary to consider their children in a divorce, the parenting plan is essential.
The Parenting Plan
In Florida, divorcing couples who are parents of minor children are required to submit a parenting plan to the court. The plan details the issues that will affect the children now and in the future. A good parenting plan is as thorough as possible to prevent future problems and to establish a balanced life for the children. Creating the best possible document will eliminate many of the potential areas of dispute that may occur later on. Most importantly, the plan is designed as a tool to assist parents in providing the best care possible for their children as they transition into a new family routine.
Essentials of a Parenting Plan
There are several issues that must be included in a parenting plan. These include:
- Time-sharing schedule;
- Designation of responsibility for health care and education issues;
- Daily custodial distribution; and
- Communication methods
Most parents today provide a shared parenting arrangement with their children. Sometimes children will live primarily with one parent and visit with the other. The time-sharing schedule outlines when each parent will spend time with the children on a daily or weekly basis. Parents must agree as to how they will handle the educational, health, and religious choices that must be made in a child’s life. Finally, the plan should provide the method for which communication will take place as parents continue to work together over time.
Creating a Comprehensive Parenting Plan
The best parenting plans are those that are as complete as possible. In addition to the essentials that are required in a plan, it is extremely helpful to include other details as well. Remember that the more detailed the plan the better structure your family will enjoy through the coming months and years. Include a schedule for holidays, vacations, and summer breaks to ensure that there is an equitable split between parents. Detail the days and times for pickup and how that will take place. In addition to these important matters, it is also a good idea to include how changes are to be made if and when the need arises. Remember that both parents may end up with new partners and one or the other may want to move. The plan should take these possibilities into consideration.
Help With the Parenting Plan
A parenting plan is not difficult to put together, however, it is important to be sure that it is as inclusive as possible. This is where an experienced divorce attorney will help. Your attorney will assist you in putting together a plan that includes everything that it should and addresses the potential issues that could arise later on. By making sure that the plan is complete you will be laying solid groundwork that will make things easier for both the children and the adults. Contact the Tampa divorce and family lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A. in Tampa Bay at 813-816-2232 for a consultation at no charge or email us.
By Lynette Silon-Laguna Google+