If you are facing divorce, then you probably already know that the outcome will have far-reaching effects on your finances, personal life and future. This is particularly true if you have children.
According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, as many as 23.4 million children live with one biological parent while the other lives elsewhere. That accounts for 28 percent of all kids in the United States under the age of 21.
Research published in Scientific American shows that divorce can have lasting effects on the children involved. As such, it is important that you put your children’s best interests before your own.
If you are getting divorced in Florida, contact a Naples child custody lawyer from the Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A to discuss your case. Mr. Raheb is a child custody attorney who will explain the divorce process and protect your personal and financial interests. Call 866-949-0888 to schedule a free consultation.
Why a Parenting Plan Matters – and How to Get It Right the First Time
A comprehensive parenting plan can prevent conflicts and make life much easier for you, your former spouse and your kids.
In Florida, child custody is known as “time-sharing.” You and your former spouse will have to create a parenting plan that outlines how each of you will spend time with your kids.
If you cannot agree on a parenting plan, you could try attending mediation. This is a process in which a neutral third-party will provide recommendations based on your unique situation, Florida laws and the mediator’s experience.
If that does not work, then you may have to argue your case at trial.
You can pursue majority time-sharing or equal time-sharing. You will need to show the court that you are capable of providing a safe and healthy environment for your kids, and that you are willing to encourage a healthy relationship between your children and their other parent.
The court will also require a parenting plan. A comprehensive parenting plan that will satisfy the court must include:
- Detailed descriptions of how you will be responsible for all daily tasks associated with your child’s upbringing;
- Fair scheduling arrangements specifying how much time your child will spend with his or her other parent, and when;
- Identification of which parent will be responsible for health-care decisions, school-related matters, and any other activities;
- And a full breakdown of exactly how each parent will communicate with your child.
If you are considering divorce in Florida, contact a Naples child custody lawyer from the Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A. Mr. Raheb will answer your questions about asset division, child custody, alimony and other family law matters.
Florida divorce attorney Michael M. Raheb will give your case the individual attention that it deserves. He will passionately and aggressively represent your interests. Call 866-949-0888 to schedule a free consultation.