Parenting Plan Resources
Create a Fair and Effective Parenting Plan
When creating a parenting plan, you must ensure that it meets all the requirements to be enforceable by law. At the Figueroa Law Group, P.A., we understand that parents navigating this situation for the first time may be concerned about ensuring the validity of their parenting plan. We hope this guide is a helpful resource as you move forward and draft a fair and favorable plan with the other parent of your child.
Have questions about parenting plans in Florida? Call the Figueroa Law Group, P.A. at (321) 248-1011.
Parenting Plan Requirements
To be legally enforceable and permitted by a judge, a parenting plan must:
- Describe in detail how each parent will share responsibility for day-to-day tasks involved in raising the child
- Outline the timesharing schedule arrangements, specifying the time that each parent will have physical custody of the child
- Designate parental responsibility for the child’s health care, education, and extracurricular activities
- Describe the methods each parent will use to communicate with the child
Protecting the Child’s Best Interests
In Florida, all parenting plans must accurately reflect the child’s best interests. A judge will not grant a parenting plan if it does not adequately provide for the child’s emotional and physical needs.
The same goes for any modification requests. Should you wish to change any aspect of a parenting plan that is already in effect, you must prove that a substantial, material and unanticipated change has occurred and made the modification necessary.
When granting a parenting plan or deciding whether to allow modifications, a judge will consider:
- The parent’s demonstrated capacity to maintain a relationship with the child and honor the parenting plan
- The geographic viability of the plan and the requested changes
- Each parent’s moral fitness
- Each parent’s mental and physical health
- The child’s preference, if he or she is mature enough
- Each parent’s ability to maintain a consistent routine and a stable environment for the child
- Any instances of domestic violence, sexual abuse, or child neglect
- Each parent’s willingness and ability to be involved in the child’s schooling and extracurricular activities
- Any history of drug or alcohol abuse