Getting divorced is never a simple process. The constant negotiation and
disagreement can lead to substantial emotional turmoil throughout the
process. But perhaps nobody is more emotionally impacted in a divorce
than children who are caught in the middle of it all. If you are getting
divorced and have children, you will be required to create a parenting
plan in order to define how both you and your spouse will contribute to
the upbringing of your children after your divorce is finalized.
What is a Parenting Plan?
A parenting plan is a written document that you must create as part of
your divorce if you and your spouse have children. This document is extremely
important, as it will define how you will care for and raise your child,
when you will spend time with them, and who has certain parenting responsibilities.
Because so many aspects of this document can be contentious and both parents
want to remain involved, creation of a parenting plan can be difficult
and require careful negotiation.
Often times the terms of this document will heavily depend on the type
of child custody and any child support awards that your family law judge
issues. Since sole custody is usually pretty rare, it’s very likely
that you and your spouse will be required to determine how you will split
parental duties, how you will make important decisions, and when and how
long your child will spend with each of you. Courts try very hard to keep
both parents involved in the lives of children as much as possible.
What Should Be Included?
Your parenting plan should be as unique as your circumstances and your
relationship to your child. While the terms of your plan should be individually
tailored to your exact needs, you should make sure you include a few basic
terms and tenants in your agreement.
- A visitation schedule, including terms for holidays and special circumstances
- A method of communication in the event of a special exception or an emergency
- Determining how a child will receive necessary benefits, such as medical coverage
- Determining how a child will be raised religiously (if parents follow different faiths)
- Behaviors that are and are not appropriate for exposing the child to
When creating a parenting plan, it’s important that you make a genuine
effort to cooperate, negotiate, and work with your ex. Being at their
throat throughout the process will prevent you from creating an agreement
that truly places your child’s best interests first, and likewise
result in the court possibly needing to intervene, which rarely ends well
for the non-cooperative parent.
If you need help creating your parenting plan,
R. Gregory Colvin, LLC may be able to help. With more than 25 years of experience practicing
family law, our Orlando divorce attorney has the skills and knowledge
you need to help you smoothly navigate the divorce process and come to
a satisfactory end to your case. We understand the stress you are facing,
and we provide you with a valuable ally that can preserve your rights
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