Form 12.995(A) "Parenting Plan" - Florida

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW
FORM 12.995(a),
PARENTING PLAN (02/18)
When should this form be used?
A Parenting Plan is required in all cases involving time-sharing with minor child(ren), even when time-
sharing is not in dispute. The Parenting Plan must be developed and agreed to by the parents 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. This form or a similar form should be used in the development
of a Parenting Plan. If the case involves supervised time-sharing, the Supervised/Safety Focused
Parenting Plan, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.995(b) or a similar form should be
used. If the case involves relocation, pursuant to Section 61.13001, Florida Statutes, then a
Relocation/Long Distance Parenting Plan, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.995(c)
or a similar form should be used. The parents must identify a name or designation to be used
throughout this Parenting Plan.
This form should be typed or printed in black ink. Please either delete or strike-through terms or
paragraphs that are inappropriate or inapplicable to your agreement. 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. After completing this 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 the parents have not reached an agreement, a proposed
Parenting Plan may be filed by either parent at the time of or any time prior to the final hearing. If an
agreed Parenting Plan is not filed by the parties, the court shall establish a Plan.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING E-FILING
The Florida Rules of Judicial Administration now require that all petitions, pleadings, and documents be
filed electronically except in certain circumstances. Self-represented litigants may file petitions or other
pleadings or documents electronically; however, they are not required to do so. If you choose to file
your pleadings or other documents electronically, you must do so in accordance with Florida rule of
Judicial Administration 2.525, and you must follow the procedures of the judicial circuit in which you file.
The rules and procedures should be carefully read and followed.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING E-SERVICE ELECTION
After the initial service of process of the petition or supplemental petition by the Sheriff or certified
process server, the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration now require that all documents required or
permitted to be served on the other party must be served by electronic mail (e-mail) except in certain
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.995(a), Parenting Plan (02/18)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW
FORM 12.995(a),
PARENTING PLAN (02/18)
When should this form be used?
A Parenting Plan is required in all cases involving time-sharing with minor child(ren), even when time-
sharing is not in dispute. The Parenting Plan must be developed and agreed to by the parents 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. This form or a similar form should be used in the development
of a Parenting Plan. If the case involves supervised time-sharing, the Supervised/Safety Focused
Parenting Plan, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.995(b) or a similar form should be
used. If the case involves relocation, pursuant to Section 61.13001, Florida Statutes, then a
Relocation/Long Distance Parenting Plan, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.995(c)
or a similar form should be used. The parents must identify a name or designation to be used
throughout this Parenting Plan.
This form should be typed or printed in black ink. Please either delete or strike-through terms or
paragraphs that are inappropriate or inapplicable to your agreement. 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. After completing this 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 the parents have not reached an agreement, a proposed
Parenting Plan may be filed by either parent at the time of or any time prior to the final hearing. If an
agreed Parenting Plan is not filed by the parties, the court shall establish a Plan.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING E-FILING
The Florida Rules of Judicial Administration now require that all petitions, pleadings, and documents be
filed electronically except in certain circumstances. Self-represented litigants may file petitions or other
pleadings or documents electronically; however, they are not required to do so. If you choose to file
your pleadings or other documents electronically, you must do so in accordance with Florida rule of
Judicial Administration 2.525, and you must follow the procedures of the judicial circuit in which you file.
The rules and procedures should be carefully read and followed.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING E-SERVICE ELECTION
After the initial service of process of the petition or supplemental petition by the Sheriff or certified
process server, the Florida Rules of Judicial Administration now require that all documents required or
permitted to be served on the other party must be served by electronic mail (e-mail) except in certain
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.995(a), Parenting Plan (02/18)
circumstances. You must strictly comply with the format requirements set forth in the Rules of Judicial
Administration. If you elect to participate in electronic service, which means serving or receiving pleadings
by electronic mail (e-mail), or through the Florida Courts E-Filing Portal, you must review Florida Rule of
Judicial Administration 2.516. You may find this rule at
www.flcourts.org
through the link to the Rules of
Judicial Administration provided under either Family Law Forms: Getting Started, or Rules of Court in the
A-Z Topical Index.
SELF-REPRESENTED LITIGANTS MAY SERVE DOCUMENTS BY E-MAIL; HOWEVER, THEY ARE NOT
REQUIRED TO DO SO. If a self-represented litigant elects to serve and receive documents by e-mail, the
procedures must always be followed once the initial election is made.
To serve and receive documents by e-mail, you must designate your e-mail addresses by using the
Designation of Current Mailing and E-mail Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form
12.915, and you must provide your e-mail address on each form on which your signature appears. Please
CAREFULLY read the rules and instructions for: Certificate of Service (General), Florida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form 12.914; Designation of Current Mailing and E-mail Address, Florida Supreme
Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915; and Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.516.
Where can I look for more information?
Before proceeding, you should read “General Information for Self-Represented Litigants” found at the
beginning of these forms. The words that are in “bold underline” in these instructions are defined
there. For further information, see chapter 61, Florida Statutes, and the instructions for the petition
and/or answer that were filed in this case.
Special notes...
At a minimum, the 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 child(ren),
The time-sharing schedule arrangements that specify the time that the minor child(ren) will
spend with each parent,
A designation of who will be responsible for any and all forms of health care, school-related
matters, including the address to be used for school-boundary determination and registration,
other activities, and
The methods and technologies that the parents will use to communicate with the child(ren).
The best interests of the child(ren) is the primary consideration in the Parenting Plan. In creating the
Parenting Plan, all circumstances between the parents, including their historic relationship, domestic
violence, and other factors must be taken into consideration. Determination of the best interests of the
child(ren) shall be made by evaluating all of the factors affecting the welfare and interest of the particular
minor child(ren) and the circumstances of that family, as listed in section 61.13(3), Florida Statutes,
including, but not limited to:
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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 child(ren) as opposed to the needs or desires of the parent;
 The length of time the child(ren) 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 child(ren);
 The moral fitness of the parents;
 The mental and physical health of the parents;
 The home, school, and community record of the child(ren);
 The reasonable preference of the child(ren), if the court deems the child(ren) 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
child(ren), 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 child(ren), and the willingness of each parent
to adopt a unified front on all major issues when dealing with the child(ren);
 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. If the
court accepts evidence of prior or pending actions regarding domestic violence, sexual violence,
child abuse, child abandonment, or child neglect, the court must specifically acknowledge in
writing that such evidence was considered when evaluating the best interests of the child(ren);
 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
child(ren)’s school and extracurricular activities-
 The demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to maintain an environment for the
child(ren) which is free from substance abuse;
 The capacity and disposition of each parent to protect the child(ren) from the ongoing litigation
as demonstrated by not discussing the litigation with the child(ren), not sharing documents or
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.995(a), Parenting Plan (02/18)
electronic media related to the litigation with the child(ren), and refraining from disparaging
comments about the other parent to the child)ren); and
The developmental stages and needs of the child(ren) and the demonstrated capacity and
disposition of each parent to meet the child(ren)’s developmental needs.
This standard form does not include every possible issue that may be relevant to the facts of your case.
The 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 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.
Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out
these forms, that person must give you a copy of a Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Rules
of Procedure Form 12.900 (a), before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms
also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every
form he or she helps you complete.
Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.995(a), Parenting Plan (02/18)
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE _____________________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR _________________ COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No: _____________________
Division: _____________________
_______________________________
Petitioner,
and
______________________________
Respondent.
PARENTING PLAN
This parenting plan is: {Choose only one}
_____A Parenting Plan submitted to the court with the agreement of the parties.
_____A proposed Parenting Plan submitted by or on behalf of:
{Parent’s Name}_______________________________________________.
_____A Parenting Plan established by the court.
This parenting plan is: {Choose only one}
_____A final Parenting Plan established by the court.
_____A temporary Parenting Plan established by the court.
_____A modification of a prior final Parenting Plan or prior final order.
I. PARENTS
Petitioner, hereinafter referred to in this Parenting Plan as Parent
{name or designation} ___________________________________________________
Name:__________________________________________________________________
Address: ________________________________________________________________
Telephone Number: __________________E-Mail: _______________________________
_____ Address Unknown: {Please indicate here if Petitioner’s address is unknown}
_____ Address Confidential: {Please indicate here if Petitioner’s address and phone numbers are
confidential pursuant to either a _____ Final Judgment for Protection Against Domestic Violence,
or _____ other court order ______________________________________}.
Respondent, hereinafter referred to in this Parenting Plan as Parent
{name or designation} _________________________________________________________
Name:__________________________________________________________________
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