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    Child relocation in Florida

    Divorcing with the added variable of a child always makes proceedings so much harder. You are facing the emotional, mental and maybe financial strains of divorce, while also knowing that your child is feeling similar stress. When the divorce is finally finalized, it may seem like the perfect time to get a fresh start in a new town. Don’t be too hasty, though, doing so may violate the law. If you are planning to move as the custodial parent, odds are you will have to obtain permission to do so. This is a law based on Florida’s relocation statue which [...]

    February 28th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

    Joint custody is often best for kids of divorced parents

    There are typically several aspects of life that can be difficult for families of divorce in Florida. One of the most important issues to figure out is how child custody issues will work for everyone concerned. If parents can find common ground when it comes to their children, it will likely make matters easier. A psychologist performed an in-depth analysis of research and scientific data about various forms of child custody and parenting plans. The researcher was particularly interested in the effects of shared parenting on the youngest children. Ultimately, he found that joint custody is best for kids of [...]

    February 28th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

    Joint custody is often best for kids of divorced parents

    There are typically several aspects of life that can be difficult for families of divorce in Florida. One of the most important issues to figure out is how child custody issues will work for everyone concerned. If parents can find common ground when it comes to their children, it will likely make matters easier. A psychologist performed an in-depth analysis of research and scientific data about various forms of child custody and parenting plans. The researcher was particularly interested in the effects of shared parenting on the youngest children. Ultimately, he found that joint custody is best for kids of [...]

    February 28th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

    Child relocation in Florida

    Divorcing with the added variable of a child always makes proceedings so much harder. You are facing the emotional, mental and maybe financial strains of divorce, while also knowing that your child is feeling similar stress. When the divorce is finally finalized, it may seem like the perfect time to get a fresh start in a new town. Don’t be too hasty, though, doing so may violate the law. If you are planning to move as the custodial parent, odds are you will have to obtain permission to do so. This is a law based on Florida’s relocation statue which [...]

    February 28th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

    The holidays season after divorce for parents and children

    When Florida parents go through a divorce or a separation, the holidays can be hard for them and their children. All of them may be feeling any number of emotions that could include anger, sadness, loss and betrayal. However, parents need to set those emotions aside so they can concentrate on their children and make sure their holidays are happy. Family and friends or professionals, such as therapists, can help parents work through their emotions at this time so they do not direct them at their ex-spouse. It is important that instead of trying to punish the other parent by [...]

    February 28th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

    Tips for creating an effective parenting schedule

    Florida parents who are going through a divorce might need to make a parenting schedule. This schedule deals with when the child is with each parent. If exes cannot agree on an arrangement, they may have to go to court. However, some parents will find that a judge’s schedule leaves them with even less child time than they were originally offered in negotiations. Courts generally base custody decisions on the child’s best interests, and parents should do so as well. A custody schedule should help ensure that the kid is able to maintain a healthy relationship with both parents. This [...]

    February 28th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

    Divorcing parents consider new take on joint custody

    When Florida parents consider divorce, they may be concerned about how the end of their marriage will affect their children. Joint or shared custody is an increasingly popular solution for families and within the legal system. In most cases, children travel between their parents’ homes on a regular basis, and their parents share responsibility for and time with the children. However, the transitional period immediately after the divorce can be a harsh adjustment, especially if a move for both parents could mean changing schools in the middle of the year. As a result, many parents are looking for solutions that [...]

    February 28th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

    The role of DNA testing in paternity cases

    DNA testing is a common method used to resolve cases in Florida involving paternity issues, especially when child support is being sought by a custodial parent. Oftentimes, results can mean the difference between being required to make support payments and being relieved of the obligation to do so. While no DNA test is completely accurate at 100 percent, the outcome of these tests comes very close at 99.9 percent certainty when performed at a facility that’s AABB (American Association of Blood Banks) accredited or approved. If parents are unmarried when a child is conceived, paternity is not automatically assumed. In [...]

    February 28th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog, paternity|

    Parents, visitation and temporary child custody

    When Florida parents of minor children are ending their marriage, temporary child custody orders might be put in place. These may become permanent after the divorce is final. There are a number of other reasons temporary child custody orders might be necessary including when a parent is incapacitated, when a parent is financially unable to care for a child or when there have been abuse allegations against the parent. Grandparents, godparents, cousins, family friends or other family members might get temporary custody of a child in these circumstances. Whoever has custody, the order will usually spell out a few important [...]

    February 28th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

    When one parent denies access to the children

    Florida parents who have a contentious relationship with a former partner may find themselves being denied visitation with or access to their children. While it is uncommon for family courts to deny visitation rights to a parent absent serious questions of neglect or abuse, the other parent might take it upon themselves to do so. In some cases, custodial parents may cite transportation problems, convenience issues or a difficulty working with the other parent’s employment schedule. While failure to pay child support can lead to significant penalties, these do not usually include loss of visitation rights. However, an angry parent [...]

    February 28th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

    How to create a parenting plan that works best for your children

    When going through a divorce, parents often get caught up in “winning” custody of their children. Experts caution that looking at custody this way suggests possession of your children is the goal. It also suggests a lack of focus on what is best for your children. When creating a parenting plan, you and your former partner need to come together and create a plan that puts your children’s needs first. Your children need both parents Even if you are unhappy with your soon-to-be ex, you should not deny him or her time with your children. Research shows children need frequent and [...]

    February 28th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

    What custodial parents are responsible for

    Custodial parents in Florida and across the United States serve as the primary caregiver to their children. However, they generally don’t have the right to shut the noncustodial parent out of a child’s life. A court may order that the noncustodial parent has visitation or other rights to the child. If a custodial parent wishes to take the child out of his or her home state, the noncustodial parent may need to be notified. Updating the other parent on the whereabouts of the child may be necessary whether the parent is moving or simply going on vacation. In many cases, [...]

    February 28th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

    What custodial parents are responsible for

    Custodial parents in Florida and across the United States serve as the primary caregiver to their children. However, they generally don’t have the right to shut the noncustodial parent out of a child’s life. A court may order that the noncustodial parent has visitation or other rights to the child. If a custodial parent wishes to take the child out of his or her home state, the noncustodial parent may need to be notified. Updating the other parent on the whereabouts of the child may be necessary whether the parent is moving or simply going on vacation. In many cases, [...]

    February 28th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

    How to create a parenting plan that works best for your children

    When going through a divorce, parents often get caught up in “winning” custody of their children. Experts caution that looking at custody this way suggests possession of your children is the goal. It also suggests a lack of focus on what is best for your children. When creating a parenting plan, you and your former partner need to come together and create a plan that puts your children’s needs first. Your children need both parents Even if you are unhappy with your soon-to-be ex, you should not deny him or her time with your children. Research shows children need frequent and [...]

    February 28th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

    When one parent denies access to the children

    Florida parents who have a contentious relationship with a former partner may find themselves being denied visitation with or access to their children. While it is uncommon for family courts to deny visitation rights to a parent absent serious questions of neglect or abuse, the other parent might take it upon themselves to do so. In some cases, custodial parents may cite transportation problems, convenience issues or a difficulty working with the other parent’s employment schedule. While failure to pay child support can lead to significant penalties, these do not usually include loss of visitation rights. However, an angry parent [...]

    February 28th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

    Parents, visitation and temporary child custody

    When Florida parents of minor children are ending their marriage, temporary child custody orders might be put in place. These may become permanent after the divorce is final. There are a number of other reasons temporary child custody orders might be necessary including when a parent is incapacitated, when a parent is financially unable to care for a child or when there have been abuse allegations against the parent. Grandparents, godparents, cousins, family friends or other family members might get temporary custody of a child in these circumstances. Whoever has custody, the order will usually spell out a few important [...]

    February 28th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

    The role of DNA testing in paternity cases

    DNA testing is a common method used to resolve cases in Florida involving paternity issues, especially when child support is being sought by a custodial parent. Oftentimes, results can mean the difference between being required to make support payments and being relieved of the obligation to do so. While no DNA test is completely accurate at 100 percent, the outcome of these tests comes very close at 99.9 percent certainty when performed at a facility that’s AABB (American Association of Blood Banks) accredited or approved. If parents are unmarried when a child is conceived, paternity is not automatically assumed. In [...]

    February 28th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog, paternity|

    Divorcing parents consider new take on joint custody

    When Florida parents consider divorce, they may be concerned about how the end of their marriage will affect their children. Joint or shared custody is an increasingly popular solution for families and within the legal system. In most cases, children travel between their parents’ homes on a regular basis, and their parents share responsibility for and time with the children. However, the transitional period immediately after the divorce can be a harsh adjustment, especially if a move for both parents could mean changing schools in the middle of the year. As a result, many parents are looking for solutions that [...]

    February 28th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

    Tips for creating an effective parenting schedule

    Florida parents who are going through a divorce might need to make a parenting schedule. This schedule deals with when the child is with each parent. If exes cannot agree on an arrangement, they may have to go to court. However, some parents will find that a judge’s schedule leaves them with even less child time than they were originally offered in negotiations. Courts generally base custody decisions on the child’s best interests, and parents should do so as well. A custody schedule should help ensure that the kid is able to maintain a healthy relationship with both parents. This [...]

    February 28th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

    The holidays season after divorce for parents and children

    When Florida parents go through a divorce or a separation, the holidays can be hard for them and their children. All of them may be feeling any number of emotions that could include anger, sadness, loss and betrayal. However, parents need to set those emotions aside so they can concentrate on their children and make sure their holidays are happy. Family and friends or professionals, such as therapists, can help parents work through their emotions at this time so they do not direct them at their ex-spouse. It is important that instead of trying to punish the other parent by [...]

    February 28th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

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