In the last 10 years, much has changed in Florida law with regard to child custody arrangements in divorce proceedings. It used to be that the judge’s job was mainly to divide up the parents’ control over their children. The result was that one parent was essentially awarded more rights than the other.
These days, however, the courts focus more on establishing parenting plans that include both parents as much as possible. Of course, in some cases, issues such as drug addiction or domestic violence make one parent unfit to protect the best interests of the child. Most of the time, though, the courts will encourage the parents to work together to establish a detailed parenting plan.
Even with a balanced time sharing plan in place, disputes can still arise. There may be a misunderstanding about a pick-up or a drop-off time, or maybe the parents don’t agree on particular parenting decisions. In other words, child custody arrangements can be ongoing.
It is important that parents involved in a child custody dispute have legal help in negotiating for an appropriate resolution. This is when a parenting coordinator may be of assistance. Rather than taking your dispute to court, where the decision will ultimately be left up to a judge, you can work with a neutral third party — the coordinator — who can facilitate a resolution between you and the other parent.
Meeting with a parenting coordinator is usually more cost-effective and efficient than going to court.
You can learn more about resolving child custody and visitation matters here.