What Type of Parenting Plan Is Right for You?

Jacksonville Custody Attorneys Help You Consider Your Options

The basic element in a parenting plan is the time-sharing schedule and the "rules" that will determine how the parents communicate and share responsibilities concerning their children. The main types of parenting plans are: traditional vs. safety-focused and standard vs. long distance.

The following questions will assist you in determining what kind of parenting plan is right for you:

  1. Do you and the other parent live far away from one another?
  2. Has the other parent exhibited violent behavior against you or the children?
  3. Has the other parent damaged or destroyed property or hurt someone out of anger?
  4. Has the other parent been so upset that he/she could not care for himself/herself?
  5. Does the other parent abuse drugs or alcohol?
  6. Has the other parent used weapons or violence to threaten or hurt people?
  7. Has the other parent threatened to never return the children?
  8. Has the other parent been served with a domestic violence injunction or no contact order?
  9. Has the other parent ever been arrested for harming someone else?

If the answer to question number 1 is yes, you should design a long distance parenting plan. If the answer to any of questions numbered 2 through 9 are yes, you should design a safety-focused parenting plan. A Jacksonville child custody attorney from our firm can help you learn more about your individual case and your available options.

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Other Questions You Should Ask Yourself in Developing a Parenting Plan

Some other questions that you should considering when creating a parenting plan include:

  1. How do you and the other parent communicate with one another?
  2. Do you trust the other parent's judgment regarding decisions affecting the children?
  3. Do you feel that it is okay to make all of the decisions regarding the children without consulting the other parent?
  4. Where do you want the time-sharing exchange to take place?
  5. Are you concerned about the children's health, safety, and/or welfare while the children are with the other parent?

Keep in mind that there is not a one-size-fits-all parenting plan and these questions are intended to serve as guides in the development of a parenting plan that will take into consideration your concerns and relationship with the other parent. It is important to consider your children’s individual needs, such as their temperament and the quality of family relationships. Pros and cons should be weighed, taking into account all factors.

At Owenby Law, P.A., our child custody lawyers have years of experience helping clients in Jacksonville and throughout Florida understand their rights under the law. We also take the time to explain their available options and how we can be of assistance in matters involving custody, visitation, and parenting plans.

To pick the right parenting plan for you, consult with our knowledgeable legal team.