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What is the Standard Parenting Time Plan in Florida?


When writing a parenting plan following a divorce or separation in Florida, many parents may come across the term “Standard Parenting Time Plan.” But what does it mean when creating a parenting plan?

If you are trying to find the best custody arrangement and timesharing schedule for your particular situation after a divorce or separation, consult with a knowledgeable family law attorney.

The Orlando timesharing and parenting attorneys at Donna Hung Law Group are dedicated to helping you create a parenting plan that promotes your children’s best interests and works for both parents.

What should a parenting plan cover?

When writing a parenting plan in Florida, state law requires the plan to include the following elements:

  • A timesharing schedule
  • Methods for communication between the parents and children
  • Who will be responsible for making decisions related to their child’s education, religion, medical care, and other aspects
  • How the parents will split daily tasks of raising the child

While the parties are free to create their own parenting plan that would work best in their unique situation, Florida law offers the Standard Parenting Time Plan for those who cannot agree on a parenting plan.

How does the Standard Parenting Time Plan work?

While Florida courts encourage divorced or separated parents to come to an agreement on a timesharing schedule and parenting plan that works best for their family, state law suggests the Standard Parenting Time Plan for those who cannot or do not want to develop their own customized plan.

The Standard Parenting Time Plan is basically a one-size-fits-all plan that does not take into account the unique needs of the child and the circumstances of the parents.

It is highly advised to create a customized parenting plan that fits your particular situation with the help of a skilled attorney.

What does the Standard Parenting Time Plan cover?

The Standard Parenting Time Plan covers regular and holiday custody time:

Regular custody

The Standard Parenting Time Plan suggests the following options for the non-custodial parent:

  1. The second and fourth weekend of each month. The non-custodial parent has the kids every other weekend for the full weekend. The visitation begins from 6 pm on Friday until 6 pm on Sunday. The visitation weekend could also extend to holidays that fall on Friday or Monday if agreed upon by both parties.
  2. One weekday evening per week. Alternatively, a non-custodial parent can have one weekday evening per week. The visitation evening would begin at 6 pm and end at 8 pm.

Holiday custody

The Standard Parenting Time Plan also covers certain holidays and school breaks when the parents do not have their own parenting plan in place. The Plan covers:

  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • Winter break
  • Spring break
  • Summer break

Instead of using the Standard Parenting Time Plan, it is advised to consult with an experienced family lawyer in Orlando to help you develop a parenting plan that would work best for your particular situation. Speak with our lawyers at Donna Hung Law Group by calling 407-999-0099.

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