Florida parents may not want to work together to raise their children after their marriage comes to an end. However, it is important that they do so for the sake of their children. It can be easier to work with another person when there is an agreement in writing to do so. The parenting plan can be tailored to avoid conflict while still working to meet the needs of a son or daughter.
The agreement should clearly state when the child will be with either parent. It should also state when and where a child will be picked up and dropped off during an exchange. Finally, it is a good idea to have a process in place by which the plan can be changed as necessary. Those who are having a hard time dealing with the end of a relationship may want to create a support network comprised of friends and therapists.
If appropriate, it may be possible to involve the former partner or the children in a therapy session. Group therapy or mediation sessions may make it easier for a parent to learn the benefits of allowing the other to be an integral part of the child's life. Ideally, mothers and fathers will encourage their children to have relationships with the other parent.
A parenting plan may be created by the parents themselves or by a judge. If created by the parents, it may be approved by a judge if it preserves the best interests of the child. An attorney may be able to assist an individual in creating a plan that will pass muster with a family law court. Generally speaking, parents retain more control over what the plan looks like when they make it themselves.