Parenting Plans

A parenting plan is required in all cases involving time-sharing with minor children, even when timesharing is not in dispute. The parenting plan must be developed and agreed to by the parties and approved by the court. If the parties cannot agree to a parenting plan or if the parents agreed to a plan that is not approved by the court, a parenting plan will be established by the court with or without the use of parenting plan recommendations. A parenting plan is a comprehensive written agreement that outlines the arrangements and responsibilities for the care and upbringing of a child or children after the parents’ separation, divorce, or when unmarried parents are no longer living together. It serves as a roadmap for co-parenting, providing guidelines and schedules for how decisions regarding the child will be made and how parenting time will be allocated between the parents.

Key Components of a Parenting Plan:

  • Custody and Visitation Schedule: The parenting plan typically specifies the physical custody arrangements, also known as residential or visitation schedules, detailing when the child will spend time with each parent. This schedule may include regular visitation, holidays, vacations, and special occasions. View more about time-sharing arrangements by clicking here.
  • Decision-Making Authority: The plan clarifies how major decisions regarding the child’s education, healthcare, religious upbringing, and extracurricular activities will be made. It may grant one parent sole decision-making authority or outline a joint decision-making process.
  • Communication: Effective communication between co-parents is essential for successful co-parenting. The parenting plan may include provisions on how parents will communicate about the child’s well-being, progress, and any significant changes in schedules or events.
  • Travel and Relocation: If one parent intends to relocate, the parenting plan may address how travel expenses and visitation will be managed in such situations.
  • Dispute Resolution: Parenting plans often include methods for resolving disputes between the parents, such as mediation or using a parenting coordinator, to prevent unnecessary legal conflicts.
  • Child Support: Although child support is typically addressed separately, some parenting plans may reference the child support arrangements agreed upon or ordered by the court.

Benefits of a Parenting Plan:

  • Clarity and Structure: A well-drafted parenting plan provides clear guidelines, reducing confusion and conflict between parents and providing stability for the child.
  • Child-Centered: The focus of the parenting plan is the best interests of the child, promoting their emotional and physical well-being.
  • Co-Parenting Cooperation: Creating a parenting plan encourages communication and cooperation between parents, fostering a positive co-parenting relationship.
  • Legal Enforceability: When approved by the court, a parenting plan becomes a legally enforceable document, ensuring that both parents adhere to the agreed-upon arrangements.
It is important to create a parenting plan that suits the unique needs and circumstances of the family. Parents may work together to draft a plan themselves, with the assistance of a mediator, or with the help of their respective family law attorneys. Ultimately, the parenting plan aims to create a nurturing and stable environment for the child while ensuring both parents remain actively involved in their upbringing.

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A deposit is required to book a mediation or 1-hour consultation appointment.

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Consultation Fees

Consultation Fees

The regular hourly rate for Consultation is $300 but the first 30 minutes are FREE!*

Consultations are *FREE for the first 30-min and $300/hour after.

Deposit Information

  • Consultations are *FREE for the first 30-min and $300/hour after.
  • The deposit to book is only $75 for all consultations.
  • If needing to cancel or reschedule, clients must give at least 24 hours notice.
  • The deposit is nonrefundable if the client does not give more than 24 hours notice.
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Mediation Fees

Mediation Fees

The regular hourly rate for Mediation is $250 for the first two hours and then $250/hour thereafter with a 2-hour minimum. This rate shall apply to the mediator’s time involved in preparation, conferences, writing memoranda, consulting with attorneys, responding to requests for release of information or any other time including travel spent on our behalf.

For families of modest means, Sandi offers reduced rates equivalent to Hillsborough County Mediation and Diversion Services based on verified combined family income as stated below:

  • $120 for the first two hours then $120/hr. for combined incomes less than $50,000 per year.
  • $200 for the first two hours then $200/hr. for combined incomes between $50,000-$100,000 per year.
  • Reduced rates for families with combined income greater than $100,000 per year and/or significant assets will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Deposit Information

  • The deposit to book is only $120 for all mediations.
  • If needing to cancel or reschedule, clients must give at least 24 hours notice.
  • The deposit is nonrefundable if the client does not give more than 24 hours notice.
  • The deposit is applied and deducted from the total invoice for the mediation appointment after determining income eligibility for the reduced rates.

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