Time sharing, also referred to as shared parenting, is the most common way for divorced parents to raise their children. It may seem difficult to understand how people who were unable to get along while they were married are expected to make decisions for their children together. Yet that is what time sharing is all about. There are some things you can do during the divorce process that will make parenting easier and less stressful for the entire family after the process is complete.
Going through a divorce is never easy and often comes with many difficult situations. Although you have been bruised by the process, it is necessary to keep a united front for the sake of the children. Most kids are quite resilient, but they are able to quickly sense a divide in parenting styles and will often use that to their own benefit. Instead, you and your ex need to take charge of the situation and make decisions together whenever possible. Remember that some compromises may be necessary but it is always important to refrain from making negative comments to the children about the other parent.
Create a Detailed Parenting Plan
Divorce in Florida requires the utilization of a parenting plan. The plan is designed to provide a detailed platform that will serve as the basis for all your future parenting decisions. It is best to create a plan that is as inclusive as possible. This will be of great benefit later on, after the divorce is over and day-to-day parenting kicks in. Spend plenty of time reviewing the options included in the plan and make sure that you don’t simply gloss over it quickly. Cover even the most difficult of choices now so that you have a roadmap to guide you more easily once the divorce is final.
Keep the Best Interest of the Child in Mind
It is of utmost importance that you always make decisions and choices that are in the best interest of the child. Florida family courts focus on this when making decisions regarding children in divorce. In Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties in particular, it is mandatory to take a divorce parenting class. After a divorce, the children are still the number one concern. When a parenting situation is no longer working it may need to be revisited. Keep in mind that any changes to a divorce decree must be made through a court-ordered modification. A hearing must be requested and both parents are required to appear to present their case to the judge. If you and your ex can agree to the changes, then you update the Parenting Plan to reflect the changes and obtain an order from the Court modifying the Final Judgment.
Choose an Experienced Tampa Divorce Attorney
The choice of divorce attorney can make a big difference in how well the post-divorce will be handled. An experienced lawyer will be helpful in answering questions and providing information that will help you make decisions that are going to work well for you and your family both now and in the future. Your lawyer will protect you from some of the major stresses of the proceedings and will assist you in creating a parenting plan that will help you avoid some of the common problems that can occur. Your attorney is also available to provide guidance when a modification is needed. If you have decided to divorce, contact the Tampa divorce attorneys and family law lawyers at All Family Law Group, P.A. in Tampa Bay at 813-816-2232 for a consultation at no charge or email us.
By Lynette Silon-Laguna Google+