Jupiter Parenting Plan Lawyer
In Florida, just because two parents divorce does not mean that they relinquish their parental rights and obligations. Instead, these rights and responsibilities will be recorded in a parenting plan, which will contain a parenting time schedule, as well as an explanation of how the parents will share decision-making responsibility. Parents who are unable to come up with their own parenting plan in an out-of-court setting will need to present their case to the court, leaving the ultimate decision regarding a parenting time schedule and division of parental responsibility in the hands of a judge. For help coming up with a parenting plan that best suits your own family’s needs, reach out to an experienced Jupiter parenting plan lawyer today.
What are Parenting Plans?
Parenting plans are documents developed by a child’s parents and agreed to by the court that dictate how two parents will share custody of their children. At a minimum, these plans must contain:
- Details about how the parties will share responsibility for daily tasks associated with raising the child;
- The timesharing schedule arrangement, specifying what days and how much time the child will spend with each parent;
- A designation of who will be responsible for making decisions related to the child’s healthcare, education, and religion; and
- The methods and technologies that the parents will use in communicating with their children.
Parents who are able to reach an agreement on all of these issues will need to record the agreement and submit it to the court for approval. The parenting plan will only be approved if it is deemed to be in the child’s best interests.
Standard Parenting Plans
Divorcing parents are free to come up with parenting plans that are specifically designed to address their unique situations. Some couples, however, choose to use Florida’s Standard Parenting Plan, which states that the child will live with the custodial parent full-time, but will have visitation with the other parent:
- Every other weekend of the month from 6:00 p.m. on Friday through 6:00 p.m. on Sunday;
- One evening per week beginning at 6:00 p.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m.;
- Thanksgiving break in even-numbered years from 6:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before the holiday until 6:00 p.m. on the following Sunday;
- The first half of winter break in odd-numbered years, from the child’s release from school until December 26th and in even-numbered years, the second half of winter break from noon on December 26th until 6:00 p.m. on the day before school resumes;
- Over Spring break in even-numbered years, from the day the child is released from school until the night before school resumes; and
- Over Summer break for two weeks in the summer starting on the first Sunday following the last day of school.
For help deciding whether the Standard Parenting Plan could be right for you and your family, reach out to our dedicated Jupiter legal team today.
Contact a Jupiter Parenting Plan Lawyer
If you need help coming up with a parenting plan, or are unable to reach an agreement with your co-parent, call our experienced Jupiter parenting plan lawyer Caroline Olson, P.A. for help protecting your child’s interests.