Florida parents who are divorcing are permitted to make parenting plans that allow each of them to spend equal time with their children. Despite this provision, they may find that child custody issues are equally difficult for them and their children to deal with. If parents are not getting along, they might fail to honor the child custody agreements.

A parent might deny the other parent visitation time. When a parent deliberately works to keep the other from having contact with the child, it is known as “parental alienation.” This may range from not allowing phone calls between the child and the other parent to not allowing the child to have the visitation time agreed upon. Often, the only remedy is to go back to court. Parents who are in this situation should also document each instance of being denied their visitation rights for the court case.

On the other hand, some parents might fail to turn up for the agreed visitation times. This can be disappointing and confusing for children who are already going through a difficult time. A parent needs to choose a visitation schedule that will work with their own obligations rather than risk upsetting their child in this way.

Parents can learn valuable problem-solving skills that will help their future coparenting relationship if they are able to negotiate parenting agreements outside of court during a divorce. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. One parent might not be cooperative, or there might be issues such as drug abuse or domestic violence. Whether or not the provisions of a parenting agreement are going to be decided in or out of a court room, a parent might want to work with an attorney to decide on their goals for child custody arrangements along with a strategy for achieving those goals.