The State of Florida no longer recognizes the terms:

  • Child Custody

  • Primary Residential Parent

  • Secondary Residential Parent

  • Child Visitation

Essentially, all of these terms have been grouped into the new term  “Parenting Plan”.  A Parenting Plan is just that, a plan on how the parents will raise and share time with the children. A parenting plan consists of parental responsibility, timesharing, and all other child related issues.

The current rule in Florida is that parents should share parental responsibility for the children. That means that both parents are equal in the eyes of the Court and they both have an equal say as to how the children are raised. This covers everything from what sports and extracurricular activities they will participate in to what religion the children will practice. If the court finds that ordering shared parental responsibility would be detrimental to the child, the court can order sole parental responsibility to one parent or ultimate parental responsibility to one parent. Shared parental responsibility does not mean equal time-sharing.

Time-sharing is simply what days the children will be with Dad and what days the children will be with Mom. In addition to the day to day schedule, a time-sharing plan will include a holiday times-sharing plan as well.

Once a parenting plan has been put in place, the parents can chose not to follow it if they both agree. However, if they both do not agree, the parenting plan is the rule book and they must follow what it says. This is why it is very important to have a very detailed parenting plan.

The Law Office of Andrew G. Storie proudly helps parents in Orlando and all of Central Florida in creating, modifying and implementing Parenting Plans. For more information please contact us at (407) 838-0887.