As of October 1, 2008, the Florida legislature mandated that Parenting Plans must be prepared for cases involving minor children. The Parenting Plan is a written document which is used to govern the party’s relationship as it relates to their decisions concerning their minor children. The Parenting Plan contains timesharing schedules for the children and their parents. If the parties can’t agree to a Parenting Plan, the Court will establish a Parenting Plan for the parties to comply with. Issues that would be included in this plan can include but are not limited to, education, health care, physical and social and emotional well being of the children. The plan should consider all circumstances between the parents even those that are historic in their relationship including domestic violence and other factors.
A year later, effective October 1, 2009, the Florida legislature required that one of the parent’s address be designated in the Plan for purposes of the school boundary determination and registration for the children. If the Parenting Plan can be agreed to by the parents, the presiding judge will enter an Order approving that Parenting Plan. The primary concern of the Parenting Plan is in the best interest of the children.
Meet with an attorney for a comprehensive analysis of your circumstances and discussion of a suitable Parenting Plan which will meet with your family’s unique needs.