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What to include as part of a parenting plan

Most Florida parents want what is best for their children. This is generally true during a divorce even if the parents don't get along well. When creating a parenting plan, it is important to make sure that each person has a fulfilling relationship with a son or daughter. Children generally need both parents in their lives assuming that they are not neglecting or abusing them..

Parents should decide ahead of time how to resolve conflicts that may arise. This may come in handy when a parent wants to keep a child for a few extra days or want to leave a child with the other parent for an extended period of time. Conversations should be limited to topics relevant to a couple's children. No one should be expected to divulge details of their private lives outside of raising the kids.

However, nothing should be held back as it relates to the children. Those who can't talk to each other should aim to communicate through emails and text messages. Although parents may not like talking to each other, it may be a good idea to have regular meetings in person. Good communication may make conflicts easier to resolve.

Parenting plans may contain visitation agreements or other items that spell out the rights and responsibilities of each parent. Those who are unhappy with an arrangement may wish to talk with an attorney about ways to modify it. An attorney may also be able to help if one or both parents are having trouble sticking to the terms of the agreement.

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