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Updated: 
November 10, 2017

What is a parenting plan?

A “parenting plan” is a document created to establish the roles of each parent when it comes to making decisions about your child's education, health care, and physical, social, and emotional well-being.  The parenting plan must:

  1. describe in detail how the parents will share responsibility for the daily tasks associated with raising the child;
  2. include the time-sharing schedule (with specific information about the time that the child will spend with each parent);
  3. describe the methods and technologies that the parents will use to communicate with the child (such as email, phone, etc.);
  4. lay out who will be responsible for:
    • any and all forms of health care; (Note: If the judge orders shared parental responsibility over health care decisions, the parenting plan must provide that either parent may consent to mental health treatment for the child);
    • school-related matters, including which address should be used for determining the child's school registration;  and
    • other activities.*

In creating the plan, the parents' relationship, any history of domestic violence, and other relevant factors must be taken into consideration. A parenting plan can be developed and agreed to by the parents and approved by the judge. However, the judge might decide to make his/her own parenting plan if s/he does not approve of the plan agreed to by the parents or if the parents cannot agree on a parenting plan.  In these cases, the judge will create the parenting plan after hearing evidence and testimony from both parents.**

* F.S.A § 61.13(2)(b)
** F.S.A § 61.046(13)