Florida Supervised Parenting Plan

Safety-Focused Parenting Plan Instructions

A Parenting Plan is required in all cases involving time-sharing with minor children, even when time-sharing is not in dispute.

This legally establishes the conditions and circumstances for time sharing, and can also establish custody, visitation, and decision making authority regarding the children as it pertains to time sharing and living arrangements.

This supervised safety-focused parenting plan form or a similar form should be used in cases when you feel your children cannot be safely alone with the other parent or if you believe shared parental responsibility presents a detriment to the children.

Supervised, Safety-Focused Parenting Plan

A safety-focused supervised Parenting Plan must be developed that allows time-sharing with any minor children, while providing protection for the children.

If safety or supervised time-sharing is not a concern, Parenting Plan, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.995(a) should be used.

This supervised parenting plan form should be typed or printed in black ink.

If an Agreement has been reached, both parties must sign the Parenting Plan and have their signatures witnessed by a notary public or deputy clerk.

The official form on the state's website is not interactive.

We have created a fillable interactive version of the official Supervised Safety-Focused Parenting Plan for a small fee.

Or you can download, print and write legibly in blank ink on the form provided by the state. Download it here.

Filing Your Completed Parenting Plan Form

After completing this supervised parenting plan form, you should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where the petition was filed and keep a copy for your records.

You should then refer to the instructions for your petition, answer, or answer and counterpetition concerning the procedures for setting a hearing or trial (final hearing).

If an agreed Parenting Plan is not filed by the parties, the Court will establish a Plan.

For further information, see chapter 61, Florida Statutes, and the instructions for the petition and/or answer that were filed in this case.

The Twelfth Judicial Circuit has an excellent on-line page about Florida Parenting Plans. We highly recommend it.

What should be included in a Supervised Plan?

At a minimum, the supervised Parenting Plan must describe in adequate detail:

  • How the parties will share and be responsible for the daily tasks associated with the upbringing of the children,
  • The time-sharing schedule arrangements that specify the time that the minor children will spend with each parent,
  • A designation of who will be responsible for any and all forms of health care, school-related matters, other activities, and
  • The methods and technologies that the parents will use to communicate with the children.

Determining the Best Interests of the Children

The best interests of the children is the primary consideration in the supervised Parenting Plan.

In creating the supervised Parenting Plan, all circumstances between the parties, including the parties’ historic relationship, domestic violence, and other factors must be taken into consideration.

Determination of the best interests of the children shall be made by evaluating all of the factors affecting the welfare and interest of the minor children, including, but not limited to:

  • The demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship, to honor the time-sharing schedule, and to be reasonable when changes are required;
  • The anticipated division of parental responsibilities after the litigation, including the extent to which parental responsibilities will be delegated to third parties;
  • The demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to determine, consider, and act upon the needs of the children as opposed to the needs or desires of the parent;
  • The length of time the children has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment and the desirability of maintaining continuity;
  • The geographic viability of the parenting plan, with special attention paid to the needs of school-age children and the amount of time to be spent traveling to effectuate the parenting plan. This factor does not create a presumption for or against relocation of either parent with a children);
  • The moral fitness of the parents;
  • The mental and physical health of the parents;
  • The home, school, and community record of the children;
  • The reasonable preference of the children, if the court deems the children to be of sufficient intelligence, understanding, and experience to express a preference;
  • The demonstrated knowledge, capacity, and disposition of each parent to be informed of the circumstances of the minor child(ren), including, but not limited to, the child(ren)’s friends, teachers, medical care providers, daily activities, and favorite things;
  • The demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to provide a consistent routine for the children, such as discipline, and daily schedules for homework, meals, and bedtime;
  • The demonstrated capacity of each parent to communicate with and keep the other parent informed of issues and activities regarding the minor children, and the willingness of each parent to adopt a unified front on all major issues when dealing with the children;
  • Evidence of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, child abandonment, or child neglect, regardless of whether a prior or pending action relating to those issues has been brought;
  • Evidence that either parent has knowingly provided false information to the court regarding any prior or pending action regarding domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, child abandonment, or child neglect;
  • The particular parenting tasks customarily performed by each parent and the division or parental responsibilities before the institution of litigation and during the pending litigation, including the extent to which parenting responsibilities were undertaken by third parties;
  • The demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to participate and be involved in the children’s school and extracurricular activities;
  • The demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to maintain an environment for the children which is free from substance abuse;
  • The capacity and disposition of each parent to protect the children from the ongoing litigation as demonstrated by not discussing the litigation with the children, not sharing documents or electronic media related to the litigation with the children, and refraining from disparaging comments about the other parent to the children; and
  • The developmental stages and needs of the children and the demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to meet the children’s developmental needs.

This standard supervised parenting plan form does not include every possible issue that may be relevant to the facts of your case.

The supervised Parenting Plan should be as detailed as possible to address the time-sharing schedule.

Additional provisions should be added to address all of the relevant factors.

The parties should give special consideration to the age and needs of each child.

In developing the supervised Parenting Plan, you may wish to consult or review other materials which are available at your local library, law library or through national and state family organizations.

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