If you are parents facing divorce, your top priority will be the welfare of your children and how you can help them adjust to the post-divorce world.

If the two of you can work together, you can create a successful parenting plan without having to yield to the decisions of a judge.

Explaining the parenting plan

If you have children, developing a parenting plan is an essential task in the divorce process and outlines how you and the other parent will raise your children and deal with issues that arise once the divorce is final. If you and your soon-to-be-ex can work together to create your plan, you will maintain control over your child-raising decisions and will not have to comply with the decisions of a judge.

Including important points

Every parenting plan is unique, but in the state of Florida, you must include certain information:

  • Description of daily responsibilities
  • Weekly schedules for timesharing
  • Timesharing for holidays and summer breaks
  • How parents will share information about child welfare, healthcare and education
  • Division of expenses for extracurricular activities including costs for equipment, uniforms and transportation
  • How parents will go about transporting children between timesharing sessions

You may want to add details about anything you feel is important, such as meal times, curfew and visiting with extended family.

Ensuring success

Remember that a parenting plan is a legal document. Your family law professional can ensure that it is well-written and contains all the points the court will want to review. Your parenting plan establishes the framework for successful family relationships going forward.