"A good parenting plan can help parents avoid a lot of headache regarding
how their children are being raised."
- Karen Estry, Esq.
When children are involved, a couple will be required to create a Parenting Plan before filing for divorce or before separation begins.
A Parenting Plan outlines all the details about how a child, or children, will be cared for, and will include:
As of 2008, Florida law requires parents to develop a parenting plan, and so fully outline how a child will be cared for, including when a child will spend time with each parent, where the child will reside, and how parental decision-making and responsibility will be shared.
Once parents have agreed to a parenting plan, it gets filed with the court and becomes enforceable by law. If a parent were to violate the parenting agreement, he or she could face civil penalties.
Before meeting with a lawyer for help creating a parenting plan, it may be helpful to gather the following documents, if available, and bring them to the meeting: