What Is A Parenting Plan?
A parenting plan is a document signed by both parents and approved by the court that relates to all aspects of the children’s functioning life. The parenting plan outlines in fine detail how the parents will take care of the children. It includes: a timesharing schedule, daily tasks of the children shared by both parents, health care, education, and all physical, emotional and social well-being of the children. It also includes how the parents will communicate with the children in this technologically advanced society. At Frost Law, we have all the necessary documents to create a parenting plan. Frost Law will spend as much time as needed to go over every detail of the parenting plan with you to find the best solution for you and your family.
Timesharing for the children is the most important part of the parenting plan. It will require meetings and negotiations for both parents. The timesharing plan documents the exact dates which parent will be taking care of the children. There are ten different options to consider for sharing of the children. If none of those are agreeable the parents can come up with their own timesharing plan.
The most favorable option is the even split 50/50 of residing with each parent. For example, a 2/2/3 overnight share would be the mother gets two overnights, the father 2 overnights and then the mother for 3 overnights. The cycle would repeat with 2 overnights for the father, overnights for the mother and then 3 overnights for the father. There are many other options as schedules permit. Most importantly, the parents must work amicably to create a functional timeshare. Also included in the timeshare are where the children spend holidays, school breaks and the summer off from school.
Florida law has some prescribed factors that the court must consider when deciding timesharing:
- Which parent will hold the major responsibility to maintain a relationship.
- Which parent will be more flexible or more able to be flexible with the timesharing plan.
- Which parent will be more willing to delegate responsibilities to third parties.
- The child be placed in a safe environment.
- The distance between both parents’ homes.
- What is the moral fitness of each parent.
- The health and stableness of each parent.
- The preferences of the children.
- How involved each parent is involved in the children’s schooling and outside activities.
- Can both parent’s are willing to maintain a consistent environment for the children.
- Can the parent’s communicate with each other in an amicable manner.
- Can the parent’s be willing to be unified on major issues.
- Any evidence of domestic or sexual violence, child abuse, neglect, abandonment.
- Has any parent made false states to the court.
- Is there any substance abuse.
- Are there any developmental needs of the children.
Creating the best parenting plan most often needs a parenting evaluator. Often the two divorce lawyers will work together to get the best parenting evaluator. Divorce and family lawyer Chad Frost will work with you to find a good professional parenting evaluator to work side by side to fit your parenting plan needs. The professional parenting plan evaluator will investigate the facts and circumstances of the family and then compile a report. The report is submitted to the court. The court most often takes the advice of the professional evaluator.
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