What Happens to the Kids in a Divorce?

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Your divorce may be an unstable time for you as you juggle the change in financial situation, the meetings with your lawyers, and changes in your romantic life. You may be worried that your children will be lost in the mix, but fortunately, there is a system in place to ensure that what is in your child’s best interests is carried out.

Parenting Plan

In Florida, your child custody plan is referred to as your parenting plan. If you divorce and have children under the age of 18, they must have a parenting plan for your divorce to be finalized. In your parenting plan, all details about your child’s care will be included, so you and your former spouse will be prepared on how to raise your children post-divorce.

This can take some of your worries away, as your children will be planned for and their care will be documented in a legally enforceable contract. Both you and your former spouse will build the parenting plan together, so it reflects what is important to both of you, as well as what your child needs.

Supporting Your Child

To ensure that your children feel loved and cared for throughout the entire divorce process, you need to ensure that their wants and needs are taken care of. Support your child by staying involved with their lives, even if you now share custody with their other parent or only have visitation time.


If you and your former spouse are able to communicate effectively, then you may consider co-parenting following your divorce instead of parallel parenting. Co-parenting benefits your children as both parents are actively involved in their lives and are on the same page. They won’t need to worry about sharing everything with both parents since you and your former spouse will communicate about your children.

Lakeland Child Custody Lawyers

The child custody lawyers at Advocate Law Firm, P.A. are experienced advocates for families in child custody matters. Our legal team can help you create your parenting plan, file child custody modifications, and work with you to determine what is best for your child as you go through a divorce.

If you are undergoing a divorce and have questions about child custody, call our legal team at Advocate Law Firm, P.A. today at (863) 644-5566 to schedule a consultation with one of our child custody lawyers. Our legal team will advocate for you throughout your divorce and custody situation.

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