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Divorce Terms, Parenting Plans, And Florida Dads


Over time, the expectations around how much time children will spend with their fathers after a divorce has changed. A couple of generations ago, it was common for a custody agreement to award primary custodianship to the mother and grant the father visitation rights. Often every other weekend was set for dad time and the kids went to school while staying with their mother during the week.

But the importance of continuing a relationship between a father and his children has been recognized in recent years. Because parenting attitudes have shifted, custody and parenting agreements have changed as well. It is far more common for parents to share custody than it was in the past, for example. To learn what is possible for you, speak to a Port St. Lucie family law attorney.

Identifying Areas of Agreement

Many parents who are separating and divorcing agree on some aspects of how parenting schedules and responsibilities will be shared but disagree about specific issues. For example, maybe both parents want to have the kids on a certain holiday, in order to spend Christmas at a particular relative’s house or enjoy the Fourth of July at a family vacation home. Your attorney can negotiate through disputes, outlining areas of agreement and building on those to create a well-crafted parenting plan and divorce agreement.

The finances of raising the kids will also be part of an agreement. While not all divorce terms include child support payments or spousal maintenance payments, many do. When legal professionals review the current incomes and future earning ability of each spouse, it will be determined if support or maintenance payments are possible. Additionally, how long the marriage lasted and if one spouse supported the other while they were obtaining an education that is now responsible for the income increase will be reviewed.

Crafting a Full and Fair Parenting Plan

Every divorce has a lot of details to review, this is true whether or not the spouses have children. But if there are children, there are parenting concerns that need to be addressed and the parents will need to work toward building a parenting plan and custody schedule. Agreements that both adults are comfortable with and provide stability for the kids. When the parenting plan crafted by the parents is in the best interests of the children, it will be approved by the judge finalizing the terms of the divorce agreement. To learn about what is possible for you, connect with a Port St. Lucie family law attorney.

Are you a dad who has questions about child custody and parenting plans? Wanting legal advice on how to best move forward is normal and expected. Reach out to a team of skilled family lawyers who know how to fight for your parental rights. To learn what legal options you have given your unique circumstances, connect with the aggressive and compassionate legal team at Baginski, Brandt & Brandt. Because our team has extensive divorce experience, we guide fathers to the outcome they are seeking. Contact us today to book an appointment.

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