Florida no longer uses the terms "custody" or "visitation" when it is determining where the children of the separating parties shall live. Now, the Court, or the parties by agreement, must enter into a Parenting Plan.
The Parenting Plan is a document created to govern the relationship betwenn the parents relating to decisions that must be made regarding the minor child and must contain a time-sharing schedule for the parents and child. The issues concerning the minor child may include, but are not limited to, the child's education, health care, and physical, social, and emotional well-being.
Shared parental responsibility means a court-ordered relationship in which both parents retain full parental rights and responsibilities with respect to their child and in which both parents confer with each other so that major decisions affecting the welfard of the child will be determined jointly. Sole parental responsibility is when one parent makes decisions regarding the minor child.
The attorneys at Budget Divorce Center can prepare a Parenting Plans that both parties can live with and that are in the best interest of the child. In general, a parenting plan made by the parents is more satisfactory than a parenting plan imposed by the Court.