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What should I include in a Florida parenting plan?

When spouses decide to get a divorce and children are involved, the marital breakup will tug on the heartstrings of everyone involved. To reduce future stresses, lessen emotional wounds and finalize a divorce as cost-effectively as possible, spouses may want to try and reach an out-of-court divorce settlement. In the process of creating such a settlement, divorcing parents will also need to draft a parenting agreement.

Here's what a well-planned parenting agreement should include:

The living arrangements of the children

The parents indicate who the children will live with full-time. If the parents will share physical child custody 50-50, then they should indicate that too.

How to overcome disagreements

Disagreements are likely while two co-parents try to navigate the raising of their children. While differing viewpoints among the parents may be helpful in some cases, they can also be problematic if the parents can't resolve their differences. To avoid a court dispute, parents should provide a conflict resolution action plan that requires the use of a mediator or arbitration.

How child visits will be carried out

The parenting plan needs to have details that describe a child visitation schedule for the noncustodial parent. This information should also include the location of pickups and drop-offs as well as a plan for canceling or changing already-scheduled visits.

Your parenting plan should offer clear guidelines while being flexible enough to change and grow with you and your family over time. Take your time to carefully and strategically compile this important blueprint for your future co-parenting relationship. Florida parents who rush through the execution of their parenting agreements may find that they've overlooked a vital issue that causes them problems at a future time.

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