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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What is a Parenting Plan under Florida Law?

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Under Florida law,  F.S. § 61.13(2)(b) and F.S. § 61.046(13), a “parenting plan” is a document created to establish the roles of each parent when it comes to making decisions about your child's education, health care, and physical, social, and emotional well-being.

The parenting plan must include a description of who will be responsible for any and all forms of health care, school-related matters, and other activities. It must also have a time-sharing schedule for the parents and child and describe the methods and technologies that the parents will use to communicate with the child (such as email, phone, etc.).

In creating the plan, the parents' relationship, any history of domestic violence, and other relevant factors must be taken into consideration. A parenting plan can be developed and agreed to by the parents and approved by the judge. The judge may decide to make his/her own parenting plan if s/he does not approve of the plan agreed to by the parents , or if the parents cannot agree on a parenting plan. In these cases, the judge will create the parenting plan after hearing evidence and testimony from both parents.

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