Jacksonville Divorce Parenting Plan Lawyer
Creating and Enforcing Parenting Plans in Florida
While a divorce is between two spouses, it can greatly impact entire families, especially when children are involved. Parenting plans in Florida are utilized to help create and enforce the ways in which parents can share and be responsible for day-to-day duties. This includes time-sharing schedule measures, how parents will communicate with children, and issues that relate to health care, education, and extracurricular activities.
Establishing a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the children can often be challenging and draining for a parent coping with a divorce. Parenting plans are a major component of family law issues associated with child custody, child support, and relocation. With so much to keep track of, some parents find it helpful to consult with a lawyer to ensure that their rights are protected and every possible avenue is explored for the betterment of the children. If you need assistance with your divorce and child custody matters, please call the law firm of Farah & Farah at (904) 263-4610 for a free consultation.
Why is a Parenting Plan Necessary?
Because a parenting plan reflects the conditions of child custody and visitation, a parenting plan is necessary regardless of whether time-sharing of a minor child or children is contentious. Florida parenting plans describe detailed conditions that significantly impact an individual’s life, interactions with his or her children, and the parent child relationship itself.
The Components of a Parenting Plan
When a parenting plan is created, all interactions between the parents, including domestic violence, the relationship’s history, and many other aspects, are evaluated. In establishing how the parenting plan can fit the best interests of the child or children, all matters influencing the welfare and interest of the minor child or children as well as the specific situations of the families will be examined. Particular consideration is also expected to be given to the age and needs of each child.
It’s important to note that an order for equal time-sharing for a minor child doesn’t stop the court from enacting a child support order.
A parenting plan will reflect sole parental responsibility if the court decides that shared parental responsibility could potentially harm a child or put him or her at risk. In instances such as this, the parenting plan would detail time-sharing arrangements for sole custody to most effectively protect the child or abused spouse.
Importance of Following the Plan
Even if you are upset or in disagreement of the arrangement made in the parenting plan, it’s important to follow the time-sharing schedule. Unless there is a valid reason for failing to adhere to the set rules, a parent may face serious consequences. Some of these include the following:
- The parent who missed a time-sharing period will be granted extra time with the child or children, which may be at the expense of the noncompliant parent.
- The parent who violated time-sharing standards may have to pay court costs and lawyer’s fees relating to the non-offending parent enforcing the time-sharing schedule.
- The noncompliant parent may be required to attend a parenting course permitted by the judicial circuit.
- The noncompliant parent may be required to complete a set amount of community service if it doesn’t compromise the child or children’s welfare.
- The parenting plan may be modified to fit the best interests of the child.
Legal Assistance on Your Side
Any legal action can be stressful. When family law issues involve children, these situations can be all the more difficult. With the assistance of a divorce attorney at Farah & Farah, your rights will be protected. Contact our law firm today to learn more about your legal options. It’s important to us that our clients maintain their family relationships for their own personal interests as well as that of their children.