In 2008, the child custody laws underwent drastic changes in our state. One important change is that our courts do not give primary residential custody of your child to either parent nor do they give visitation rights to the non-custodial parent. Instead our state laws now require what is termed a parenting plan. Formerly, the child custody system worked in favor of the mother over the father and did not fully recognize that both parents should play an active role in the lives of their children. With the new child support laws this inequity has now been repaired. At Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law we recognize how important the decisions you make regarding your children are to you and to them and would like to use our expertise to benefit your family.
A Fort Myers divorce lawyer may be able to assist you in preparing a positive and comprehensive parenting plan. In your plan you must work out and state where your child will live, when your child will spend time with you and your former spouse and how you as parents will handle important decisions regarding your child's upbringing and care. Decisions such as the your child's medical care, their education and what religion your child will be raised in need to be thoroughly discussed, planned and clearly communicated in a manner that is in the best interest for your child.
In our state all family law dealing with children is governed by the important principle of doing what is in the best interests of the child. With this principle in mind there are many decisions that you face in determining a parenting plan that is workable and fair for you and your child and this is one of the areas where a competent and experienced lawyer may be able to help. Your plan needs to take up how communication with each parent is to be handled. When the child is with one parent are there limits on e-mails or phone calls to the other parent and how does the other parent properly communicate with your child? What is the routine schedule for your child supposed to be and how is this handled as regards vacations and holidays?
A key concern for many parents in making a parenting plan is how decision making on major issues in your child's life are to be handled. The daily activities of your child contain multiple minor decisions that are fairly easy to make. Important decisions on the care and upbringing of your child greatly affect their future and their happiness and we would like to assist you to formulate a plan that is best for your child and yourself.
Contact a divorce attorney in Fort Myers if you would like assistance in formulating a parenting plan that conforms to the law and is best for your child.