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What needs to be included in your parenting plan

One of the most difficult aspects of a divorce can be determining child custody. In most cases, you will need to present a parenting plan to the judge before you can have your custody arrangement approved. We at The Law Office of Philip J. Schipani can help you navigate the rules and restrictions that the Florida state courts have outlined when it comes to developing your parenting plan.


According to, your parenting plan will need to include a statement detailing who will be responsible for the health care of your children and who will make decisions relating to school and extracurricular activities. You will also need to outline how you and the other parent will handle the coordination and daily tasks that come with raising a child. A judge will want to know who has responsibility for each aspect to reduce any future arguments that may arise.


The state of Florida also requires the child to maintain contact with each parent who has custody. In order to ensure that this will happen, your parenting plan must detail how you will do this, including any technology that you will need and what methods will be used to have frequent communication.


Another major aspect of your parenting plan should be your schedule. A plan explaining how you will split the time with your child must be included and approved by a judge. You may also need to detail pick-up and drop-off locations and times so that you are both aware of them. For more information about how to create your parenting plan, please visit our web page.

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