Sarasota Timesharing & Parenting Plan Attorney
The Florida courts take parenting plans into serious consideration before approving divorces. Before you can even enter a dissolution of marriage both parents must attend a parenting class. Additionally, even if both parents agree on how to share parenting responsibilities prior to petitioning for divorce, they still must present the court with a plan. The court may accept the plan as is or they may adjust it with or without the recommendations presented by the parents themselves. Only your family understands what is best for your child(ren) and how the dynamics of the family operate. Ideally you want the judge to approve your initial plan. This is why it is essential to work with an experienced family law attorney who understands what is required to make a solid plan to present to the judge. At HD Law Partners, our Sarasota timesharing & parenting plan attorneys are ready to help you through the entire divorce process, including how to proceed with parental responsibilities.
What is Included in a Time-Sharing Plan
As laid out in Florida’s Family Law Form 12.995(a) the plan must include the following:
- How the parents will share and be responsible for the daily tasks associated with raising the child(ren). This includes who will pay for certain activities and who gets to decide which extra-curricular activities are allowed.
- The time-sharing schedule arrangements that specify when the minor child(ren) will
spend time with each parent. Some examples of this include alternating weeks between the households, alternating months, or even just alternating days within the week. A parent will want to take into consideration the child’s age and the least disruptive schedule for the child(ren). The Florida Bar discusses different schedules that may be best depending on the child’s age.
- A designation of who will be responsible for any and all forms of health care, school-related
matters, including the address to be used to determine which school the child(ren) will attend.
- How the parents will communicate with the child(ren). This includes what methods such as email and phone. The plan will also ask the parents to come up with their own communication plan so that the child(ren) do not become the messengers between them. The plan even becomes detailed enough to list when a child can be in communication with each party throughout the day.
A parenting plan goes into even more depth than these four categories. It will also consider school breaks, foreign travel, and how the child(ren) will be transported between the two households. Since each family has such unique circumstances prior to submitting a plan, there are also details that must be taken into consideration that cannot be listed in a simple form. An experienced Sarasota Timesharing and Parenting Plan Attorney can ask the correct questions and assist you in coming up with a plan that will be approved by a judge. Divorce is an emotional time for both the parents and any children involved. Creating a realistic plan will alleviate some of the tension and turmoil that a divorce can cause. If you have questions about creating your own time-sharing plan contact HD Law Partners at 888-267-5651.