Typically, there is a much more positive outcome for everyone involved when parents work together during and after a divorce. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, especially regarding time-sharing schedules.
We understand how the law in Florida applies to child custody and time-sharing. We have helped many of our clients establish their parenting plans.
Time-sharing schedules and parenting plans
While the Florida courts will establish time-sharing agreements if necessary, they strongly encourage parents to collaborate and come up with their own schedules and parenting plan instead. Coming together to agree on time-sharing arrangements with your children will help account for things such as important vacations or time off. If the courts must create a time-sharing agreement for you, however, it will consider the best interests of the child. The court will consider events such as your ability to care for your child, attend extracurricular activities, and past events of domestic abuse.
Include these important schedules
According to FindLaw, there are three important schedules you should include in your parenting plan. These include a holiday schedule, residential schedule and summer vacation schedule. The holiday schedule details where your child will spend their holidays and if they will alternate from year to year. The residential schedule has to do with everyday living and where your child will spend their time. Your summer vacation schedule includes trips that either parent wants to take the child on during the summer. Additionally, there may be changes to include during a summer vacation that would not be applicable during the rest of the year because your child is in school.