In Florida, all divorcing couples with minor children of the marriage must develop a parenting plan to serve as a guide for co-parenting. The plan includes such items as information about the names and ages of each child, which parent is responsible for decision-making regarding the children, how the parents will share information about the children, detailed information on each child’s schedule (including school schedules, holidays, breaks, vacations and extra-curricular activities, the time-sharing schedule (when each child will stay with each parent), the number of overnight stays with each parent, how the children will be transported to and from activities and by whom, how the parents meet to exchange the children (including who will bear the costs), how communication between the parents will be handled, child care needs and requirements, and other key legal provisions.
Once the parenting plans are created and made a part of the divorce judgment by the judge, they are then treated as enforceable legal documents and to change them may involve going back to court long after the divorce is finalized. It is for this reason that it is important to consult with an attorney experienced in negotiating and drafting parenting plans.
Sandy Ambrose has practiced in the family law courts for almost 35 years. If you are the parent of a minor child and you are considering divorce, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Ms. Ambrose to discuss the particulars of your case.