James R. Schaffer, P.A.

Elements to include in child custody plans

| Aug 8, 2018 | Divorce |

Deciding how custody of children should be set in the wake of a divorce can be a difficult task for parents in Florida. However, state law encourages them to work together to meet their kids’ best interests rather than relying on the court to sort out these important matters. When parents are able to establish time-sharing parameters that meet their children’s needs they may have their findings approved by the courts hearing their divorce cases.

At minimum, there are several elements that custody or time-sharing plans must include. For example, parents in Florida must include in their plans a daily schedule for each of their kids. This can include, but is not limited to, where the child will live, which parent will be responsible for providing them with their daily needs and if the child will have visitation time with the other parent.

Additionally, a plan should cover what will happen with the daily schedule on special days, such a holidays, weekends and short breaks from school. Depending upon the child’s needs, their parents may elect to keep their schedule consistent with their daily plan or they may change it to allow for more time with the non-custodial parent.

Finally, custody plans in Florida should discuss how parents will handle their kids’ longest break from school, generally being their summer vacation. They may stipulate when each parent is permitted to take a vacation with the child or if the child will spend more time with their non-custodial parent. Each custody situation is unique, so parents will want to ensure that they grasp how Florida law applies in their own case and know the needs of their own children.