Parents can establish visitation schedules together

As it pertains to family law and divorces, the word visitation is often held in contempt. It serves as a reminder that you are not always involved in your child's lifeĀ and that only at specified times and dates are you allowed to interact or visit with your child. This mentality is good for neither the parents nor the children, which is why the state of Florida has revised many family laws in order to move away from such language.

Nowadays, Florida law generally refers to parenting plans or time-sharing schedules, which establishes the idea that most courts strive for; both parents sharing time with the child in order to remain a constant and active presence in the child's upbringing. In this effort to provide a more amicable and good-natured relationship between parents and their involvement with a child after a divorce, parents are allowed and encouraged to develop a plan between each other that works for both parties.

This means that before divorcing, parents must discuss when and where each parent will be allowed to spend time with a child. This can be extremely extensive, measuring specific hours and dates, or relatively broad, outlining general time frames. Within this agreement, parents may also make joint decisions regarding the child's education, health care and more.

The hope is that both parents are able to agree and maintain some kind of amicable relationship after a divorce, and this level of agreement on a parenting plan is the first step. Unfortunately, parents cannot always agree, and in these instances, the courts will establish a plan.

If you are going through a divorce in Florida, please visit our webpage to learn more about parenting plans. If you are worried that you will not be awarded the visitation you deserved, do not hesitate to contact our offices and set up a consultation to discuss your circumstances in-depth.

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