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Why temporary and final parenting plans may be different

On Behalf of | Dec 19, 2023 | Child Custody

When parents go through a divorce in Florida, they may have to develop temporary and final parenting plans. These plans outline the responsibilities and rights of each parent regarding their children.

However, the details can differ quite a bit during the temporary and final stages.

Temporary parenting plans

About 22.7% of the population of Ocala is younger than 18 years. Some of these children have parents who are divorcing.

Temporary parenting plans serve as a bridge and address immediate concerns. They can include specifics such as these.

  • Temporary Custody Arrangements: Temporary plans may give one parent primary physical custody to ensure the child’s stability. Temporary custody may consider factors such as school continuity and daily routines.
  • Interim Financial Support: Temporary plans often include provisions for temporary child support to address immediate financial needs. This differs from the final plan, which may involve a more comprehensive, long-term financial arrangement.
  • Interim Decision-Making Authority: In temporary plans, decision-making authority may go to one parent for certain matters to streamline the decision-making process during the divorce proceedings.

Final parenting plans

Final parenting plans establish the long-term plan after the divorce is final.

  • Permanent Custody Arrangements: Final plans clarify who gets physical and legal custody. This reflects the parenting responsibilities for the years ahead.
  • Detailed Parenting Schedules: Unlike temporary plans, final arrangements include detailed parenting schedules. This aspect addresses visitation, holidays, and special occasions.
  • Long-Term Financial Agreements: Final plans offer a more detailed and permanent financial arrangement. The plans can include provisions for child support, health care and education expenses.

Final plans should offer stability and consistency, minimizing the need for frequent modifications. Any adjustments typically require a major change in circumstances.

Both types of plans have somewhat different aims. However, both can offer stability and clarity for the children.