Chadwick M. Layton, Esq.[i]
Harvey Waddell & Layton, P.A.
THE ROLE OF A PARENTING PLAN IN DIVORCE
Divorce matters in Florida that involve minor children require that a written parenting plan is included as part of the final judgment.
The parenting plan is a document which serves to identify and resolve many important issues which arise for the parents after the divorce is final. Some of the obvious issues that must be addressed in a parenting plan are how many overnights will the child(ren) spend with each parent during a typical month after the divorce is final, will either parent owe child support, if so how much and how will it be paid. Would it be best to have an income deduction order included in the divorce to assure that the parent paying child support has the money taken directly from their pay check each month and deposited into the bank account of the parent whom needs the child support.
Additional issues should also be addressed in the parenting plan, such as which parent’s address will be used for school designation purposes, will the parents alternate taking the tax credit for the child or will one parent claim the credit every year, which parent will be responsible to obtain and pay for health and dental insurance for the child, are there any specific religious traditions which the parents that the child will have incorporated into his or her life, how will child care expenses and extracurricular costs for the child be split between the parents, do the parents wish to agree in writing to contributing to a college savings account for the child.
Minor children create many specific issues in divorce which should be considered and addressed by a qualified family law attorney. The professional parenting plan drafted during the divorce process will avoid unnecessary litigation and fighting after the divorce is final.
The law firm you choose in divorce should match your goals for divorce.
[i] Chadwick M. Layton is a partner and shareholder at Harvey Waddell & Layton, P.A., located in downtown Lake Worth.
Mr. Layton is also a member of the Florida Bar Family Law Section and the Susan Greenberg Family Law American Inn of Court of the Palm Beaches,
101 North J Street, Lake Worth
Phone (561) 585-4631