In 2008, the Florida legislature enacted law requiring a Parenting Plan in all cases involving time-sharing with minor children (even in those instances when time-sharing is not in dispute). The Parenting Plan must be developed and agreed to by the parents and approved by the court. In the event that the parties cannot agree to a Parenting Plan, or if the parents agreed to a plan that is not approved by the court, a Parenting Plan must be established by the court with or without the use of parenting plan recommendations. At a minimum, the Parenting Plan must describe in adequate detail the following: How the parties will share and be responsible for the daily tasks associated with the upbringing of the child(ren); the time-sharing schedule arrangements that specify the time that the minor child(ren) 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, other activities; and the methods and technologies that the parents will use to communicate with the child(ren).
The best interests of the child(ren) is always the primary consideration in the Parenting Plan. In creating the Parenting Plan, all circumstances between the parents, including their historic relationship, domestic violence, and other factors must be taken into consideration. Determination of the best interests of the child(ren) is made by evaluating all of the factors affecting the welfare and interest of the particular minor child(ren) and the circumstances of that family, as listed in section 61.13(3), Florida Statutes.