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What is a Parenting Plan?

A parenting plan is a written contract between the parents of minor children.  Parenting plans are subject to court approval.

At a minimum, a parenting plan must include the following: (1) A description as to how the parents will share and be responsible for the daily tasks associated with the upbringing of the child; (2) the time sharing schedule arrangements that specify the time that the minor child will spend with each parent; (3) which parent will be responsible for health care; (4) school related matters, including the address to be used for school boundary determination and registration; (5) other activities that the minor child may be involved with and who shall bear the expense of those activities; (6) the various methods in which the parents shall communicate with the child.

A parenting plan can be as detailed as the parents require, and can provide for any specific situation concerning the family.

The Court Can Establish a Parenting Plan

Often times it is difficult for the parents to reach an agreement concerning the time-sharing of their child. If the parties are unable to reach their own agreement, the court will establish the time-sharing schedule, as well as other matters regarding the parenting plan. The court will make the final determination considering the best interests of the minor child.

Parent should keep in mind that it is the public policy of the State of Florida that each minor child has frequent and continuing contact with both parents after the parents separate or the marriage of the parties is dissolved, and to encourage parents to share the rights and responsibilities, and joys, of child rearing.

There is no presumption under Florida law that favors either the mother or the father in consideration of a parenting plan or time-sharing schedule.

Speak to an Experienced Divorce Attorney in Boca Raton for Help

Experienced divorce attorney Alan R. Burton fully understands the stress and trauma that is associated with the divorce process. Thinking clearly while under stress, especially when issues concern your children, is not always easy.  I can put you at ease with the experience I have gathered over the past 35 years, and assist you in creating a viable parenting plan that will work well for you and your family.   Feel free to call me directly on my cell phone at 954–295–9222 or my office at 954–229–1660 for a free consultation and for your peace of mind.


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