A Florida family might encounter stress as a child trains in a sport that offers a potential future in the Olympics. If divorce becomes a reality for such a family, the costs of continuing to facilitate that child's Olympic dream could be more challenging. Financially, there may be questions about responsibility for supporting this venture. Further, there could be challenges in accommodating visitation provisions within a parenting plan because of competition schedules.
The financial elements of a child's training, equipment, and competition travel could be challenging if there are limited resources for either parent. If the child is already involved in these endeavors at the time of a divorce, provisions might be included in a child support agreement. If the interest arises later, a portion of the support paid on behalf of a child might be dedicated to this new area of recreation. In dealing with a gifted child's needs, a judge might incorporate training costs and other financial factors into a parenting plan. However, a judge must also take into account the financial and time limitations of a parent who owes support.
From the angle of parenting time, the parent most supportive of the child's efforts might need to be willing to concede in certain areas related to visitation, holidays, and other special occasions to compensate for significant amounts of travel time. If both parents are committed to their child's success in their venture, this may be easier to work out.
Legal assistance could be important for addressing a complicated training schedule as parents work through the development of a visitation plan during divorce proceedings. If parents can work together to make these decisions in their child's best interest, collaborative divorce could be a viable approach. This would allow both parties to express their priorities while ensuring that the child's needs are maintained.