Naples Attorneys: Parenting Plans

Putting Your Children's Interests First

Establishing parental time sharing, also known as child custody, is often one of the most emotionally charged aspects of divorce. Both parents typically want to spend as much time with their children as possible. Establishing a plan that is in the best interests of the children and one that is also reasonable for the parents can be challenging.

At Long, Murphy & Zung, P.A., in Naples, Florida, we encourage our clients to work amicably with their child's (or children's) other parent to arrive at an effective parenting plan that is most beneficial for the child. During divorce, our attorneys believe the biggest factor that will impact a child's growth and development is the quality of the post-divorce relationships with both parents. This is why we encourage parents to work together and treat each other civilly to arrive at plans that allow them to equally share parental responsibility.

A typical parenting plan might include agreements regarding:

  • Time each parent spends with the child
  • Vacation and holiday time
  • Medical decisions
  • Education decisions
  • International travel
  • Religion
  • Responsibilities and costs of the child's activities
  • Life insurance
  • Child support

If a dispute arises during parenting plan negotiations and cannot be resolved, the court will consider issues such as the history of child rearing, the availability of both parents and whether each parent will promote a meaningful relationship with the other parent. If the parents cannot come to an agreement, we may recommend a parenting evaluation by a psychologist.

Naples Child Custody Lawyers

For a confidential discussion about parenting plans with a lawyer serving the Naples-Marco Island area, call 239-262-3377 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.