When life circumstances change, it’s important to have a well-crafted, meaningful parenting plans that detail each parent’s rights and responsibilities as they relate to the best interests of children involved. It’s best when each parent can come together in the best interest of the child to craft an acceptable plan that the court will approve.
When reviewing parenting plans, the court will look for specific details to consider for approval:
Parenting responsibilities can be shared or given to a sole parent, with decision-making and responsibilities afforded accordingly. These can include how a child is educated, whether they’re brought up in a religious environment, how the child is disciplined, and decisions related to healthcare. Courts in Florida and elsewhere favor shared parenting responsibility unless such an arrangement is not in the best interests of the child.
These detailed parenting plans also include time sharing agreements that lay out how, when, and where a child spends time with each parent. Schedules for timesharing are specific, binding (unless there is a change agreed upon mutually), and important to ensuring family wellness.
When making decisions on time sharing, there are important factors to consider. First and foremost, decisions should be made in the best interest of the child. Your children are going through significant life changes as well.
Minimize loss as much as possible. Attempt to keep changes to a minimum. Maximize relationship and continue those that are healthy and meaningful for the child. Security helps the child feel safe and protected. They need to feel that sense of familiarity and security with their routines and family rules in both home environments. Recognize changes in circumstances as the child moves through developmental states. Flexibility will be required and respected.
Hunter Law is committed to making sure that your child thrives and feels both love and support. By getting to know your family, we can help you craft a parenting agreement that minimizes complications and maximizes happiness.