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3 issues that can put stress on your parenting plan

If you are a parent getting divorced, there may no more difficult task you can imagine than getting a parenting plan in place. Between the fighting between parents and the requirements dictated by Florida parenting plan laws, it can be an incredible challenge to get a plan in place with which both parents are satisfied.

Thankfully, certain things do get easier after the parenting plan is set. However, there are ongoing obstacles and pitfalls that parents need to watch out for as they go from creating a parenting plan to complying with a parenting plan. Below are some common challenges parents face long after creating their parenting plan.

  1. Flexibility can turn to non-compliance over time. What might start out as occasional tardiness to custody exchanges can easily become habitual violations of parenting time if the problem is not addressed right away.
  2. Parents on their best behavior during court may no longer be willing to play nice. Once the plan is set and custody hearings are over, there may be no more incentive for a parent to be polite, manage their anger or strive for amicable solutions to things like scheduling hiccups.
  3. Your child's needs -- and their attitude -- will change over time. These changes can demand adjustments by parents or in some cases, a formal modification of a parenting plan. 

Adjusting to a situation where you share custody of your kids can be incredibly challenging. Over time, however, you, your kids and their other parent will fall into the new routine and find some stability. Keep in mind, though, that there are still challenges like those we mentioned above, so it is a good idea to periodically review your parenting plan and assess how it's going.

Should serious problems arise that demand legal intervention, it can be crucial that you consult your attorney sooner, rather than later.

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