As a general rule, both parents are allowed to have contact with their children after a divorce. However, parents in Florida and throughout the country may have trouble deciding on a visitation schedule that works for both parents and the children. Most often, the noncustodial parent is granted visitation every other weekend. In most cases, the weekend visit starts on Friday night and ends on Sunday night. That can be extended to Monday morning if it is more convenient for all involved.
Another option when creating a visitation schedule is to allow a child to be with the noncustodial parent after the child gets out of school. Weekday evening or overnight visits can be scheduled to allow parents and children to have extended time with each other. Parents should be able to communicate with each other about a child's extracurricular schedule or any other activities a child needs to attend on the day of a visit.
When it comes to child custody, parents can work out any schedule that is best for them. There are scenarios in which a mother or father can have changing work schedules or other obligations that don't allow for a set visitation arrangement. Therefore, parents should be flexible and willing to work with each other to create a parenting plan that fits their needs.
A parenting plan may be created either by the parents themselves or with the help of a judge. In most cases, a plan will be arranged through mediation that is conducted with the assistance of a neutral party. An attorney may represent a parent during the mediation process as well as in court if mediation fails. Generally speaking, parents are allowed to be in their children's lives if they are fit to raise them.