When parents are married in Florida, they generally live together and are each a part of raising their children. This includes being there to make the major decisions together in addition to sharing in the day-to-day responsibilities. How the couple shares these responsibilities will vary from family to family though. Parents may get into a routine for their responsibilities, but this routine will be disrupted if the couple divorces.
A divorce does not mean that a parent is any less of a parent though. It just changes how parents will make decisions and when they will each have the children in their care. The expectation is that most parents will continue to be involved in raising their children though. In order to determine how this will occur, each divorce requires that a parenting plan be developed to determine and outline how the parents will share in the responsibilities of raising their children after the divorce.
Necessary elements of a parenting plan
Parenting plans can be very comprehensive, but there are minimum requirements for one.
- The parenting plan must state how the parents will address the daily tasks of raising the children.
- It must state the schedule for when the children will be with each parent.
- State whether one parent or both parents will have the responsibility of making health care decisions for the children.
- Determine where the children will go to school and which parent will make schooling decisions.
- How the parents will make decisions about the children’s extracurricular activities.
- How the parents will communicate with the children.
Those are the minimum requirements, but the plan that parents decide on will vary based on the best interests of the children. The plan will also be unique depending on the unique needs of the children and the dynamics the family had when the parents were married. There is not a one size fits all option for all families when determining a parenting plan.
There are many parents in Florida who are going through divorces. They are not easy to go through and making decisions about how their life will look like going forward as separate lives is difficult. One of the most difficult aspects of divorce can be dividing up the parenting responsibilities, but it is something that needs to be done in a way that is best for the children who are also going through a difficult time. Experienced attorneys understand this process and may be able to guide one through it.