Protect Your Parental Rights & Responsibilities
In Florida, divorced parents are required to have a parenting plan that outlines each parent’s responsibilities regarding the daily tasks associated with the upbringing of the child. Essentially, parenting plans and time-sharing agreements are the same as custody and visitation. In order for each parent to have rights regarding their children, a parenting plan must be created. Family law judges generally require two parents to draft their own parenting plan through mediation. If the parents cannot come to an amicable agreement regarding their responsibilities and time spent with their children, the matter must be litigated before a judge.
Parenting plans must cover the following:
- How the parents will share and be responsible for the daily tasks associated with the upbringing of the child
- The time-sharing schedule arrangements that specify the time that the minor child will spend with each parent
- A designation of who will be responsible for any and all forms of healthcare, school-related matters including the address to be used for school-boundary determination and registration and other activities
- The methods and technologies that the parents will use to communicate with the child
Why You Need a Clearwater Family Lawyer
The key to a successful and comprehensive parenting plan and time-sharing agreement is to have an experienced Clearwater family law attorney by your side. With adequate legal counsel, you and the other parent could draft a strong parenting plan through mediation, minimizing your need for litigation. You will also need an experienced lawyer if you and the other party cannot come to an amicable agreement. The Law Firm for Family Law provides compassionate counsel as well as assertive representation in all family law matters. Our skilled team of attorneys and associates can provide you with outstanding client care. Contact us today if you are located anywhere in Pinellas County!