In Florida cases that involve sharing time with children, the court will always consider what is in the best interests of the children. Florida law has changed dramatically over the years and terms such as “custody”, “visitation” and “primary” or “secondary residential parent” can no longer be found in our statutes. Today, the court considers parents timesharing with the minor children and decision-making authority. To that end, every family going through a divorce in Palm Beach Florida with minor children must agree upon a parenting plan and if unable to do so, the Court will make the necessary decisions and enter a court order adopting a parenting plan that the mother and father must comply with. A well drafted and detailed parenting plan in Palm Beach Florida minimizes disputes between parents and gives children structure and predictability.
First, a parenting plan will describe the parents’ times haring arrangement. In other words, where will the children be at all times when they are not in school, camp or other organized activities? Who will take care of the children if one or both parents are unable to do so? The parenting plan will also divide certain holidays and vacation time. A well drafted parenting plan in Palm Beach Florida includes a determination of what time and who picks up or drops off the children.
Next, a parenting plan will describe how the parents will make decisions concerning their children. In most cases, the parents will have shared parental responsibility and make major decisions concerning their children jointly. In certain cases, even though the parents may have shared parental responsibility, one parent may have sole decision making concerning certain aspects of their children’s lives such as education or medical. In the event shared parental responsibility would be detrimentally harmful to the children, one parent may have sole parental responsibility.
A parenting plan also describes the manner in which the parents will communicate with one another as well as the manner in which the parents will communicate with the children when the children are spending time with the other parent.
Finally, a parenting plan will state how the parents will decide whether the children may participate in extracurricular activities and how those activities will be paid for.