When you are determining child custody as part of your divorce process, the court will enforce a decision based upon the child’s best interests. However, it falls to you and your ex-spouse to form a parenting plan that details the specifics of visitation, financial support, education and other matters.
There are certain procedures within family law that make it easy to write a formal parenting plan. While you and your ex-spouse could come to a verbal agreement on certain matters, there are helpful benefits to putting your plan into writing.
Streamlining court proceedings
In the absence of any mutual agreement from the divorcing parents, judges will carefully consider all factors to determine child custody and other parenting obligations. If you and your spouse approach the court with a written parenting plan ahead of time, the judge will likely honor most or all of your agreed-upon terms. Submitting a thorough plan will also provide you and your co-parent with a healthy framework for your parenting strategy going forward.
Protecting your rights and responsibilities
Should you choose to legally file your written parenting plan, the Florida Family Court will do its part to enforce your terms. This protects your rights from infringement on the part of your co-parent. At the same time, the court will hold both parents accountable for the responsibilities given in the terms of your plan.
A solid parenting plan can guide you smoothly through the court process and beyond. In the event that your plan ever needs modification, you and your ex-spouse can even undergo the process of doing so.