The state of Florida no longer uses the term “child custody” but instead reviews parental responsibilities and time-sharing through parenting plans.
If you are facing divorce, the welfare of your children will be a priority. Working as a team, you and the other parent can create a comprehensive and successful parenting plan.
Developing your schedule
Creating a parenting plan takes time but the finished product will make the next chapter of life easier for everyone in the family. The guidelines for developing a time-sharing schedule is all about how much time children will spend with each parent. A good schedule allows for flexibility and includes time for vacations, holidays and the summer break.
Defining your responsibilities
The court will want to know which parent will take responsibility for making major decisions in the lives of their children, such as healthcare decisions, education, disciplinary action and religious upbringing. You and the other parent may share these responsibilities since the court encourages both parents to engage in their children’s lives on a regular basis.
Including communication goals
Communication will be an essential element in your parenting plan. The court will review how you and the other parent intend to communicate with each other about matters concerning your children.
Building for the future
Remember that a parenting plan is a legal document. Whether the two of you share ideas through your respective attorneys, or you sit down together to create a plan using mediation or a collaborative divorce process, good teamwork is the key to success. Creating a framework for your parental responsibilities and time-sharing schedules will serve your family now and well into the future.