A Parenting Plan Must be Part of Your Florida Divorce Proceeding if You Have Children

- Gary E. Williams

You relationship with your significant other is not what it once was. Although you have mutually agreed that it’s time to move on, you are very concerned about the parenting plan for your children and you’re anticipating a rough road ahead in settling this major issue with your spouse.

In Florida, a parenting plan is the new term for time sharing in a divorce case.

The state now requires such a “plan in all cases involving time-sharing with minor child(ren), even when time-sharing is not in dispute.” Before you proceed, however, understand that the court acts in the overall best interests of the child(ren).

The court considers a long list of factors in making a decision regarding the disposition of the parenting plan, such as:

  • Are you morally, mentally and physically fit to care for the children?
  • How are the kids doing now in their present home and school environments?
  • Where do the children want to live?
  • Are you willing and able to get involved in the children’s school and extracurricular activities?
  • Is there any evidence of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, child abandonment or child neglect?

Divorce creates tremendous stress for everyone involved. Don’t get caught up in the details and complexities of developing a successful parenting plan. Reach out to an experienced family law practice to help ensure an equitable outcome. Let your lawyer handle all of the legal aspects of your divorce and parenting plan and act as your confidante to get you through this difficult time. Contact us at (727) 531-8737.