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The Parenting Plan

What to do if your client asks about pro se divorce: A Primer – The Parenting Plan and completion of an approved Parenting Course


A Parenting Plan is required in all cases involving time-sharing with minor children, even when time-sharing in not in dispute. The Plan must be developed and agreed to by the parents and approved by the court. If the parties cannot agree, or if the agreed plan is not approved by the court, a Parenting Plan will be established by the court with or without the use of parenting plan recommendations.

Parenting Class: Both parents are required to take a parenting class prior to the finalization of an entry of divorce. Course fees vary depending on the course chosen. Administrative Order (A.O.) 5.212-11/16 details Parent Education Course requirements and can be reviewed at www.15thcircuit.com/adminorders. A list of courses is available at www.mypalmbeachclerk.com. Once the course is completed, a Certificate of Completion must be filed with the clerk.

Feel free to call with any questions concerning mediation of pro se divorce in Florida.

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