On behalf of North Tampa Legal Group on Saturday, July 21, 2018.
Child custody is often one of the most contentious issues in a divorce, but some Florida parents may find they do not have to resort to litigation and complex court battles. Often a reasonable and workable solution is possible through discussions and a mutual commitment to the well-being of the children. Some parents are able to develop a parenting plan that will work for their family without the need for litigation.
A parenting plan is a proposed plan for how child custody and visitation will work after the divorce is final. When parents are drafting these plans, it is critical for both parties to consider the well-being of the children above all. Thoughtful and thorough parenting plans are less likely to lead to issues in the future.
Your unique family, your unique parenting plan
No two families are the same, and your parenting plan can be uniquely tailored to the specific needs of you and your children. From your kids’ medical needs to your non-traditional work schedule, you can account for all of these issues when drafting your plan. Some of the things you may need to include in your custody plan include the following:
- How visitation will work, including drop-off and pick-up procedures
- Holiday custody arrangements, including how kids will spend time with extended family members
- How parents will make major decisions on behalf of the children, such as those related to education, religious upbringing and medical care
- How parents will address any future complications that arise and how they will resolve disputes in the future
You have the right to draft a parenting plan that will work for your family. It is beneficial to address unique or complicating factors in your plan in order to reduce the chance of an issue in the future.
Crafting your family’s post-divorce future
It is not easy to address child custody in a divorce, but it is possible to reach a conclusion that will work well for you and your kids long after the divorce is final. As with any major family law decision, it is beneficial to take action to ensure you have the appropriate guidance as you navigate these matters.
With help and a dedication to minimizing the negative impact of your divorce on your children, you can craft a beneficial post-divorce future for your family. If you have concerns about your parental rights or drafting an appropriate parenting plan, you will find it beneficial to seek a complete evaluation of your case.