Florida laws regarding child custody

When parents decide to get divorced, the largest issue for both parties is usually how much time each parent gets to spend with the child after the marriage is over. Florida used to employ a method involving a visitation schedule, which designated how much time the noncustodial parent was allowed to spend with the child. Of course the child was able to spendĀ all other times in the care of the primary residential parent. This is no longer the case.

Changes to Florida law now require the development and implementation of parenting plans, which lays out in great detail how the relationship between the child and its parents will be handled following a divorce. At the very least, the parenting plan must outline a time-sharing schedule, which showcases how time spent with the child will be divided amongst the parents. However, the parenting plan could be as detailed as describing how the child's upbringing will be managed in terms of education and health care.

Essentially a parenting plan can be as detailed as the parents desire, but it must be agreed upon by both parents, and it must be approved by the court. In some cases, parents cannot agree on a plan, and in these instances, the courts will establish the terms of the plan.

Since parenting plans play such a large and vital role in how a child is brought up following a divorce, they are obviously not to be treated lightly. The parenting plan you and your former spouse agree on or are given by the courts could affect your relationship with your child for years to come, so you want to make sure the parenting plan is fair to you and your child. In order to help you manage all of the legal aspects of a parenting plan, it is highly recommended that you consult with an attorney.

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