Parents of minor children who are filing for divorce in Hollywood, FL or any other city within the state are going to want to take the time to create their own parenting plan together. A parenting plan, which can be defined as a document that addresses time-sharing, parental rights, etc. can be created by the parents of the child(ren) or by the courts, but must be approved by the court in order for it to be valid. When both parents are unable to agree on a parenting plan or the document created does not meet the standards the courts are looking for, one will be established by the court “with or without the use of parenting plan recommendations” provided by the minor children’s parents.
Now, if you don’t want the court to intervene and create a parenting plan that doesn’t include your desires, it is always recommended you consult with a FL divorce lawyer who can help you draft this document. Hollywood, FL divorce attorney Jodie Bassichis is familiar with what the courts are looking for when it comes time to review and approve your parenting plan so if you want to increase your chances of meeting their expectations, contact her office now at (954) 963-7300to receive help with creating yours.
What must my parenting plan include?
According to the Florida Courts, your parenting plan, at a minimum, must address the following in detail and it must be in the best interest of the child:
- How you and your ex-spouse “will share and be responsible for the daily tasks associated with the upbringing of the child(ren).”
- A time-sharing schedulethat specifies the time that the minor child(ren) will spend with each of their parents. This needs to be extremely detailed so there is no confusion as to who gets the children and for how long this period will last.
- Which parent will be “responsible for any and all forms of health care, school-related matters, including the address to be used for school-boundary determination, registration, other activities, etc.”
- How the parents plan to communicate with one another (i.e. methods and technologies) regarding their children.
Now, this is only the essential information your parenting plan should contain, however, there is much more that can be included. Some other things the courts will look for and you should consider addressing in your parenting plan include:
- Day-Day Decisions
The Florida Courts state that “each parent shall make decisions regarding day-to-day care and control of each child while the child is with that parent.” In the event of an emergency, each parent may have to make certain decisions despite what the parenting plan says when their child is residing with them. The parent who is required to make this emergency decision will need to share the information with the child’s other parent as soon as they are able to.
- Extra-curricular Activities
If your child enjoys playing sports or is interested in participating in an extra-curricular activity, you need to stipulate in your parenting plan who will be paying for it along with the terms surrounding who makes the decision. For example, if your child decides they want to play football, will one or both parents need to agree on whether they are allowed to play? Which parent will be responsible for registering the child? While these details might seem small at the moment, they can create a serious issue when left unaddressed and the time comes where your child decides they do, in fact, want to participate in an extra-curricular activity.
Now, if you would like to find out more about drafting a parenting plan that will likely be approved by the court, don’t hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Jodie Bassichis, P.A. In the event you have other legal questions pertaining to filing for divorce in Florida or child custody, this firm is available to help you with those matters as well.
The Law Offices of Jodie Bassichis, P.A. is located at:
Jodie Bassichis, PA
4700 Sheridan Street, Suite J
Hollywood, Florida 33021