A parenting plan is an agreement that stipulates how the unmarried parents of a child will share in the responsibilities of raising that child after their relationship has come to an end. There are a number of considerations that must be addressed in parenting plans, and this post will briefly discuss some of those minimum requirements. Florida residents should talk to their family law attorneys about the requirements they may need to meet for their particular Florida parenting plans.
At a minimum, a parenting plan must detail the schedule that the child will follow with regard to the amount of time they will spend with each parent. Depending upon the needs of the child a parenting plan may have a child living exclusively with one parent while granting visitation time to the other; another parenting plan may support the joint physical custody of the child between the two parents. The subjective needs of the child should guide determinations related to this topic.
Additionally the parenting plan should stipulate how and through whom the child’s daily needs will be met. This can include which parent will feed the child, provide them with a ride to school as well as other basic needs. Parenting plans must also provide details on which parent will take care of the child’s medical costs, extracurricular planning, and educational requirements.
A parenting plan can be an effective tool in providing both parents and kids with expectations on how life will proceed in the wake of a parental separation or divorce. Parents who need help creating or coming to agreements on their parenting plans are encouraged to seek legal counsel from trusted family law attorneys.