by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
A parenting plan is a legal document that the mother and father work on together, by agreement of the parties, which lays out, IN DETAIL, any arrangements the parties have between themselves concerning the parties’ minor children. Parenting Plans become enforceable court orders.
This document can deal with time sharing, what days or weeks each parent has time with the child/ren; it can deal with where the pick up and drop off is going to be and when; it can deal with what happens when the child/ren is off from school for a holiday or teacher/parent day; it can deal with who gets Christmas eve and who gets Christmas morning. It governs vacations, leaving the country, visiting grandma, who holds the passports, medical issues of the child/ren, return of clothing, which doctors are agreed to, therapy and counseling, who takes the child/ren for haircuts, dentist, check ups, and just about anything else.
The advantage to divorcing parents or Former Husbands and Former Wives in having a parenting plan, is that it is SPECIFIC and DETAILED. It also becomes an enforceable court order. Divorcing parents can issue a parenting plan by agreement, or the judge can decide what is in the best interests of the child/ren at trial. The specificity of parenting plans helps parents avert the difficulties if parties cannot agree on issues later on down the road. For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at http://www.familylawwpb.com for more information.