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The Different Requirements of a Parenting Plan for Child Custody

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Child Custody on Thursday, April 9, 2015.

Parenting plans are used in all circumstances when custody of children is shared. In Florida, there is a legal process that can help guide the development of a parenting plan. If the parents of a child have not agreed to a parenting plan, each can submit a proposed parenting plan to the court. In circumstances when neither of the parents of a child file a proposed parenting plan or agreed upon parenting plan, the court will step in to develop a parenting plan for the child.

The minimum requirements for a parenting plan include how each of the parents will share the responsibility for daily tasks related to the upbringing of the child; how the parents will share time that each spends the minor child, including a time-sharing plan; a determination of how the responsibility for health care and school-related decisions will be made; and how the parents will communicate with the child, including preferred technologies.

When establishing a parenting plan and child custody agreement, the best interests of the child are evaluated. To determine what is in the best interests of the child, all the circumstances of the family and what will serve the overall welfare of the child will be evaluated. As such, a number of factors related to the family and the child's welfare will be used to determine the best interests of the child. Parents going through the divorce process are able to develop a parenting plan and child custody arrangement for themselves; when the parents are unable to reach an agreement, the court will make necessary parenting plan and child custody arrangements based on the best interests of the child.

When developing a parenting plan and determining custody of a child, there are a number of important considerations to keep track of. Because so much is at stake, it is helpful to be familiar with the family law process associated with child custody determinations and how child custody decisions are arrived at.

Source: Florida Courts, "INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW

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