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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:

  • Temporary alimony is granted for the period of time when a couple is separated but not yet divorced, and is meant to help the spouse maintain the lifestyle to which they are accustomed during this period of time;

  • Bridge the gap is similar to temporary alimony in that it is designed to help the person transition from being married to being single;

  • Lump sum alimony is a one-time payment that cannot be modified at a later date;

  • Rehabilitative alimony is used to assist a person become self-supporting through education and the development or redevelopment of skills, credentials, or work experience. There must be a specific rehabilitative plan in place for rehabilitative alimony to be paid. This type of alimony may be modified or terminated if there is a substantial change in circumstance, the rehabilitative plan becomes completed, or the party does not comply with the plan.

  • Durational alimony is set for a specified length of time and is used when permanent alimony is inappropriate. It is usually awarded in short to moderate-length marriages and cannot run longer than the duration of the marriage; and

  • Permanent alimony is set for the lifetime of either party (it and durational alimony terminate upon the death of either party). It is granted to long-term marriages, and in some cases short term marriages if circumstances permit.

Elements for Determining Type and Financial Sum of Alimony

Factors leading to a court’s decision regarding alimony are based on the following in Florida:

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.

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