Parenting Plans/Relocations

Parents face many important decisions during a divorce in regards to their relationship with their children. In most cases after a divorce, the parents take different residences and need to determine an agreement regarding custodial rights, parenting responsibilities, and time-sharing or visitation. Jacksonville family law attorney Beth M. Terry, P.A., has the skills needed to help you with these difficult decisions and come to a solution that both protects your parental rights and aligns with the best interest of the children.

Parenting Plans

A parenting plan is an Order of the Court for both parents detailing who has what parental responsibilities and time-sharing. The state of Florida favors parents to share these responsibilities and the local courts provide guidelines for basic time-sharing. As each family is unique, we use this as a guide when working out a parenting plan that works best for you and your children.

Factors involved in parenting plans do not have to be an all or nothing when it comes to which parent takes on each role, and many details outlined can have shared parental responsibility of the child.

Parenting plans should include:

  • Parental Responsibility of each party for the children
  • Parenting time and transfer of children
  • Provisions for holiday and vacation time
  • Relocation of a parent
  • Parents’ names on school, medical and other records and who will have access
  • Parents’ residence designation for school attendance
  • Details on who and how day to day decisions will be made
  • Extra-curricular activities and parental responsibility of same
  • Safety Provisions in the case of abuse, neglect or criminal activity


In the case of a parent moving more than 50 miles from his or her home at the time of filing a case or last Order in a case, certain procedures must be followed to not face any consequences with custody. Jacksonville family law attorney Beth M. Terry, P.A., has litigated many cases of relocation and is well versed in the legal procedure required.

The courts take many things into consideration when deciding to allow a relocation including

  • Why the relocation is necessary
  • Child’s relationship with both parents
  • The best interests of the child
  • Costs and logistics of travel and visitation
  • Compliance with child support obligations

Additionally, a new time-sharing plan will be needed if the relocation is allowed by the court. Beth M. Terry, P.A., can smooth out the process as much as possible. Contact the office to schedule a confidential consultation.

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