The Essentials of Shared Parenting Plans

Florida laws pertaining to divorce, and particularly custody and visitation, have recently been extensively revised. Terms such as "primary residential parent" and" visitation schedule" have been replaced by "parenting plans" and "time-sharing schedules." In every divorce or paternity case, a parenting plan must be developed by the parents and approved by the court, or established by the court if the parents cannot agree to a plan.

What Is Required? What Is Optional?

A parenting plan is a document that governs the relationship between parents relating to decisions that must be made about/for their minor children. A parenting plan MUST contain a time-sharing schedule and MAY include information pertaining to:

  • The children's education
  • The children's health care
  • The children's physical, social and emotional well-being
  • Any other issues specific to the individual family situation.

Parenting plans can be as extensive as needed to encompass all anticipated aspects of the children's lives and the handling of the children's upbringing by both parents.

When dealing with an area of the law which has recently changed, it is crucial to obtain current and accurate legal advice. At the Law Office of Amy L. Beauchaine in Orlando, our office handles parenting plans and other family law-related cases for clients throughout Central Florida.

Attorney Amy L. Beauchaine has over 20 years of legal experience and focuses all of her attention on representing clients exclusively in the area of family law. Because her focus is limited to one area of the law, she is aware of all the latest changes in the law, such as those noted above, and she can advise you as to the impact the changes may have on your case. She is also able to review your situation and help you structure a parenting plan that best suits the needs of your children.

Contact Our Office for More Information

To speak with Amy L. Beauchaine about parenting plans, parental rights, joint custody, shared parental responsibility or to schedule a consultation at our office in Orlando, Florida, call us at (407) 571-6908, or contact us online.