Sharing custody of a child is never an easy task and can be a difficult thing for any divorcee. Recently passed legislation targeting this delicate issue went into effect as of January 1, 2018. One of the bills focuses on how the children of divorced parents will spend their time between each party.
The goal is to shift focus to the best interests of the children, according to the new law and current family trends. Parents are being encouraged to work together to develop plans that accommodate both of them and the busy schedules of their children and avoid conflicts. However, this bill aims to assist those who are unable to come to an amicable agreement.
The new Standard Parenting Time Plan requires the Department of Revenue to establish and incorporate parenting time plans in certain situations if parents can’t agree on their own schedule. The Plan allows the parent who is obligated to support a minor child to:
- Every other weekend from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. on Sunday
- One evening per week
- All holiday breaks including Thanksgiving, winter, spring and summer break
The Standard Parenting Time Plan is not available for situations where domestic violence or child abuse allegations are involved. The Plan only applies to child support cases enforced by the Department of Revenue in which the State of Florida is providing assistance to the parent receiving child support, and only where the parents agree to the Plan.