South Tampa Parenting Plan Lawyer

Dedicated Family Law Attorneys Create Parenting Plans in Florida

When the legal parents of a child are not planning to raise the child together, often as a result of divorce, they will need to create a parenting plan and submit it to Florida courts for approval. The Tampa family law attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark G. Rodriguez, P.A. are experienced in guiding parents through the undertaking of creating and submitting a parenting plan, and resolving disagreements that arise during process.

What’s Included in a Parenting Plan?

Parenting plans are written and, when approved by the court, legally-binding agreements that outline things such as with whom a child will live, what the visitation rights of each parent will be, how a child will be transported from one parent’s home from the other, which parent has the right to make decisions about the child’s life, where the child will spend the holidays, and how disputes that arise between parents will be resolved. Parents will need to determine whether they will share parental responsibility and decision making ability, or one parent will have sole parental responsibility. All other issues that need to be addressed can be found in a sample Florida parenting plan.

When Are Parenting Plans Required?

As explained by the Florida Courts, a parenting plan is required in any case that involves time sharing with minor children. This is true even when parents are in agreement about how time should be shared. Parenting plans are often used for parents who are not married and not living together, and couples with children who divorce or separate.

What Happens If My Child’s Other Parent and I Disagree About a Parenting Plan?

An ideal situation is one in which parents who are not living together are in an agreement about how time with a child should be shared and how parents will work together to make decisions about matters in a child’s life. However, this is of course not how things always unfold.

If you and your child’s other parent are able to work together to create a parenting plan, this is advised, even if it requires some negotiation and compromise. Working together to form a parenting plan saves time, money on court costs, and can prevent stress, too.

If you and your child’s parent are not able to work together, and meditation and negotiation attempts fail, you may each submit your own version of your parenting plan to the court with the provisions that you want. Then, the court will establish the plan that is within the best interests of the involved child.

Working with an Experienced Florida Child Custody Attorney

If you need to create a parenting plan, doing so on your own may be a confusing or overwhelming process, especially if you and your child’s other parent are not in agreement about what the parenting plan should contain. To represent your and your child’s best interests, and represent you during negotiations and court if it comes to that, please contact the Law Offices of Mark G. Rodriguez, P.A. Our Tampa family law attorneys understand how sensitive child custody and visitation matters are, and are prepared to work hard for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.