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A parenting plan to give your kids the future they deserve

During their divorce, Florida parents want to take steps to ensure that their children do not experience unnecessary complications and emotional stress. For this reason, you and the other parent may be able to set aside your differences and work on a parenting plan that will work for every member of the family. The primary goal in any custody arrangement or parenting plan is to provide the children with security and stability for years to come. 

When drafting your parenting plan, you will need to consider what will actually work best for your children. This can be difficult, especially when you are dealing with the difficult emotions that often come with divorce. It's not always easy, but if you decide to resolve custody issues out of court, it may require you to set these feelings to the side and focus on what will be best long term.

A plan that actually works

What works for one family may not work for another. When you and the other parent are addressing custody concerns out of court, you have the ability to address needs that may be specific to your family of your children. You can also create terms that allow you to address unique medical needs, special work schedules and other matters that affect your family. When drafting your parenting plan, it may help to think about the following:

  • What type of custody plan will work best? The goal will be to provide your children with the ability to maintain strong relationships with both parents after divorce.
  • Who will make important decisions for the children? You and the other parent will have to decide how you will address things like medical care, education, insurance and more.
  • Who else will have access to the kids? You and your spouse will need to decide whether extended family members, grandparents and others will be able to see your kids.

These are only a few of the things that will significantly impact the post-divorce lives of your children. When crafting a parenting plan, it is beneficial to include detailed terms that address a broad range of needs and that will work for your family long-term.

Preserving your kids' interests

Divorce is often hardest on the youngest members of the family. You can lessen the impact and strain that your kids may experience after their parents separate by providing them with a thoughtful, detailed and carefully crafted parenting plan. Protecting their interests is the main goal and priority.

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