child custodyChild custody is one of the issues contained in a Parenting Plan.

Parenting plans address the various issues in a divorce involving minor children.  The court uses a standard referred to as the Best Interest of the Child when evaluating these parental issues.  Additionally, parents should always strive to consider what is right for any minor child when discussing and considering any parental issue.

Parents are permitted to submit a parenting plan to the court for approval or the court may make its own decisions regarding parental issues.  Parenting plans should address issues such as a time sharing arrangement, schooling decisions, health care decisions, extracurricular activities, transportation and methods of communicating with each parent, among others.

In evaluating a parenting plan, it is the policy of Florida courts to “ensure each minor child has frequent and continuing contact with both parents after the parents have separated or divorced and to encourage parents to share the rights and responsibilities of child rearing.”

In Florida, each parent is required to complete a parenting course before a divorce will be granted by the court.  Additionally, minor children may also be required to attend a class.

Parenting plans can be complex and there are a variety of factors to consider when creating a parenting plan.  Our attorneys can assist you in putting together a parenting plan that address all of the parental issues relevant to you and your family and that is in the best interest of your children.

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