Tampa Divorce & Child Custody Attorney
Nilo J. Sanchez
By now, most parents who have shared custody in Tampa Bay are a few weeks in to summer custody laws in Florida it's important that you follow some basic steps to help the children transition. Giving them the opportunity to enjoy a stress-free time with both Mom and Dad during summer break will provide the best results.
vacation. This can be a positive time for all involved, but it can also be a stressful time. If you are new to time sharing or
Florida Parenting Plans
It's likely that you have a parenting plan already established with the courts. This would have been included with the final judgement if you are divorced, or as part of a paternity, child custody or child support case.
"A parenting plan approved by the court must, at a minimum, describe in adequate detail how the parents will share and be responsible for the daily tasks associated with the upbringing of the child; the time-sharing schedule arrangements that specify the time that the minor child will spend with each parent; a designation of who will be responsible for any and all forms of health care, school-related matters including the address to be used for school-boundary determination and registration, and other activities; and the methods and technologies that the parents will use to communicate with the child."
Follow the Parenting Plan / Long Distance Trips
Following the parenting plan is crucial because the last thing you want to do is to interrupt or interfere with the other parent's time with the children. More importantly, you could be held in contempt for not abiding by the court ordered custody agreement, of which the parenting plan is a part of. If you currently have been served with a contempt order, you should consult with a child custody attorney in Tampa as soon as possible.
- When It's Your Time With the Child/Children
If you are taking the children on a long distance vacation, be mindful of what your custody order says about giving appropriate notice for long distance or out of State travel or travel that is subject to notification. Be courteous of the other parent when the children are traveling long distance. Keep in mind that parents tend to worry. Remember, you were once a family and most likely you worried about the safety and whereabouts of the children when you lived together. This is amplified somewhat when parents share custody, especially if your divorce was not amicable. Understand the clauses in your child custody and time sharing order and abide by them. By doing so, you avoid any disagreements with the other parent. This is always in the best interest of the children. You want to spend your time having fun, not fighting with your ex.
- If It's Their Time with The Children
For many Moms and Dads and particularly for those who have a long distant relationship or parenting plan realizing that this is when they get to spend the majority of time with the child/children. Some parents find it difficult to let go for such an extended period of time, and children may pick up on your anxiety. Encouraging the children and getting them excited about summer is in their best interest. Work together with the other parent and avoid any conflicts. If you ever do end up back in court for a child custody modification or a child custody hearing for any reason, the courts do look with favor upon parents who are flexible and who abide by the order.
- Disputes over Child Custody, Time Sharing
Summer time can often bring to surface disputes over child custody or parenting plans. If you are having problems that cannot be settled amicably, contact Tampa child custody attorney, Nilo J. Sanchez for a consultation. Remember, you will likely regret it if you spoil your child's summer by arguing with your ex over the details of your custody agreement. If there are substantial changes in your circumstances or you believe your ex is not abiding by your child custody agreement, consulting with a family law attorney in Tampa may be the only way to begin to settle those differences.
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