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Sharing custody? Create a parenting plan that works.

Divorce is a difficult and complex process, yet many Florida parents resolve to work together to minimize the negative impact that the end of their marriage can have on the youngest members of the family. Many parents that do this find that shared parenting is a beneficial and workable custody option.

Shared parenting means the children will have regular access and time with both parents. This requires splitting visitation time, and in many cases, parents will also share decision-making authority for their kids. If you are considering shared parenting, you would be wise to remember the importance of a strong and thoughtful parenting plan.

The foundation of a good plan

The success of your shared custody arrangement could depend on how thoughtful and careful you are with the terms included in your parenting plan. If you agree to this particular type of custody plan, you can still work to protect your parental rights while seeking agreement on terms that will work for every member of your family.

During discussions and negotiations regarding the terms of your parenting plan, you would be wise to be prudent, not allowing temporary emotions to drive your decision-making. It is beneficial to remember that the ultimate goal of any custody plan is the protection of the best interests of the children. Some of the things you may consider for your custody plan include the following:

  • How the visitation schedule will work
  • How parents will drop off and pick up children for visitation
  • Holiday schedules, including summer vacations and Christmas break
  • How the child will have contact with other family members, such as grandparents or extended family
  • How parents will handle medical care and other needs of the children
  • How parents will resolve any disputes that arise in the future

These are important considerations that can affect your child's future. It is smart to think carefully before moving forward with an agreement on your parenting plan.

Your future and your kid's future

The terms of your parenting plan will have an impact on your future and your kid's future for years to come. As you negotiate and discuss these things with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, it is beneficial to carefully consider both the immediate and long-term impact of your choices.

If you have concerns about custody or want to learn more about protecting your rights, you would be wise to first seek a complete evaluation of your case before signing an agreement.

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