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Get the best for your child with a parenting plan

On Behalf of | Jun 25, 2024 | Firm News

Breakups and divorce are tough. Now add kids to the mix, and things can get even more complicated. In Florida, as in most states, a parenting plan sets up how and where a child will live when parents separate. This is an incredibly vital tool for prioritizing the child’s well-being.

More than a time-sharing agreement

Aside from who gets to kids on weekends or who should take them on school trips, a well-drafted parenting plan includes each parent’s custodial rights and responsibilities. It also covers the following:

  • Living arrangements: Will it be a 50/50 split or an alternating schedule between the parents?
  • Decision-making: How will you manage big decisions for your child’s education, healthcare, religion and extracurricular activities?
  • Communication: How will you stay in touch about your child’s well-being and coordinate plans?
  • Holidays and special occasions: Christmas morning with Mom or Dad? You agree on alternating schedules.
  • Financial responsibility: How do you split child support, childcare expenses, and other rearing-related costs?

While emotions might run high during the process, focusing on what truly matters – your children’s well-being – is essential. The goal is to create an environment that says mom and dad are still a team dedicated to their happiness.

Protecting your rights

You can achieve a children-focused parenting plan by separating issues with your ex and those about your kids. You will want to find common ground and make some wiggle room to accommodate schedule changes and emergencies. As the process can often be complex, having proper representation  to protect your parental rights and create the right plan is also in everyone’s best interest.