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Florida Child Custody- Parenting Plans

In Florida divorce courts, a court-approved Parenting Plan is needed when minor children are involved in the divorce case.  The parents will work together to develop a Parenting Plan that should describe how the parents will share responsibility for the upbringing of the child.  The Parenting Plan will need to describe how many issues will be handled, including time-sharing arrangements and who will be responsible for the child's health-care and school issues.

If the parents cannot agree on a Parenting Plan, or the court will not approve the Parenting Plan, the court will establish the Parenting Plan.  In determining the Parenting Plan, the court will consider what is in the best interest of the child. Some of the several factors the court will consider in determining the best interest of the child include:

  • Parents' ability to maintain a close relationship with the child
  • Parents' capacity to determine and accommodate the needs of the child
  • Geographic location of the parents
  • Parents' ability to provide a stable living environment for the child
  • Mental and physical health of the parents
  • Any evidence of violence, abuse, neglect or abandonment of the child
  • Developmental needs of the child
  • Any other relevant factors

A local Florida divorce lawyer can talk to you about Florida divorce laws and determining a Parenting Plan. Get in touch with a Florida divorce attorney near you by calling 877-349-1310 or filling a Florida divorce case review form. If your child custody case doesn't involve divorce, you can still connect with a local lawyer who practices in family law. Protect your relationship with your child today.

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The above synopsis of Florida divorce laws is not legal advice, is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws and for legal advice on your particular situation, please contact a local Florida divorce lawyer in your area.

This information was updated June 2011.