Instructions for Florida Supreme Court Family Law Form 12.995(b), Supervised/Safety-Focused Parenting Plan
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW
SUPERVISED/SAFETY-FOCUSED PARENTING PLAN (03/09)
When should this form be used?
A Parenting Plan is required in all cases involving minor child(ren). This form or a similar form should be
used in cases when you feel your child(ren) cannot be safely alone with the other parent or if you
believe shared parental responsibility presents a detriment to the child(ren). In this case, a Parenting
Plan must be developed that allows time-sharing with any minor child(ren), while providing protection
for the child(ren). If safety or supervised time-sharing is not a concern, Parenting Plan, Florida Supreme
Court Approved Family Law Form 12.995(a) should be used.
This form should be typed or printed in black ink. 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 an agreed Parenting Plan is not filed by the parties, the Court shall establish a
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.
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, 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 parties, including the parties’ historic relationship,
domestic violence, and other factors must be taken into consideration. Determination of the best