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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 [...]

January 25th, 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, both [...]

January 25th, 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 [...]

January 25th, 2019|Categories: 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 [...]

January 25th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

How parents determine reasonable visitation

Divorced Florida parents may be granted visitation rights to their children. If a judge says that a parent is entitled to reasonable visitation, it is a sign for both parents to create a plan on their own. This is ideal because it allows them to create a plan that meets their needs as well as the best interest of the child. However, the custodial parent is the one with the leverage in such talks. This is because he or she is under no obligation to agree to any type of visitation plan. The only requirement is that the custodial parent [...]

January 25th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog, visitation|

Tips for regaining child custody

One of the most upsetting experiences Florida parents can go through is losing custody of their children, whether this happens as a result of divorce or in some other circumstance. Children may be placed with the other parent, with relatives or even in foster care. However, there are things parents can do to try to regain custody of their children. First, the parent must consider the situation objectively and work out why the judge believed denying custody was in the best interests of the child. This could be because someone said the parent was abusive or neglectful, because the parent [...]

January 25th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

Planning for the school year after a divorce

Parents in Florida who decide to divorce may be concerned about how their decision to end their marriage could affect their children's education. Every new school year is accompanied by change and the excitement and apprehension that can surround it, and it also brings new teachers, classes and even friends. When parents have divorced before their kids go back to school, there are opportunities to bring these times of transition together in order to support the children and their academic achievement. Parents and children can come together to make a plan for the year to come. They can discuss issues [...]

January 25th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

How divorce impacts a child’s long-term behavior

Parents considering divorce are oftentimes concerned about how divorce will affect their children. Some unhappy couples stay together long after their marriage has died for their children’s sake. However, plenty of research has been conducted to analyze divorce and its impact on children’s behavior in various environments. Children growing up in a once held-together home often have a difficult time adjusting to a parental split, especially when there is high-amounts of stress and hostility. A child’s emotional stability is damaged when parents distant themselves from their children through reduced affection, quality-time, and over punishing reactions. School behavior Divorce has been [...]

January 25th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

The Pitt/Jolie custody battle enters new stage

Many Floridians know that divorce issues between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been hitting the national news for two years now. The pair recently consulted with a child custody evaluator, and they may have finally come to an agreement regarding the custody of their six kids. While those details have not yet been released, it is assumed the Pitt and Jolie understanding could be temporary. Right now, however, there is no need for a previously scheduled custody hearing. The two reportedly worked out a compromise in June so the children could enjoy separate vacation plans with mom in London [...]

January 25th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

What custodial parents should know about relocating

Custodial parents who choose to move to or away from Florida may need to ask a few questions before doing so. For example, it is important to consider whether the child is going to be better off in his or her new home. In some cases, being closer to grandparents or other family members isn't the same as being close to the noncustodial parent.Parents should be ready to justify the move and be willing to accommodate the noncustodial parent. This may require a willingness to adjust a visitation plan to allow for longer visits during school breaks. Generally speaking, the [...]

January 25th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

What exactly is a Guardian ad Litem?

Divorce proceedings are an emotional prospect with child custody being one of the more emotional issues. Children are often caught in the middle and don’t always have a voice in the proceedings or outcome. A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) plays an important role for children, or in some cases a mentally incompetent individual, that may be involved in the court system.  Responsibilities of a Guardian ad Litem A GAL is a lawyer or other professional appointed to impartially represent the specific needs of a child or children throughout a court proceeding, such as in a divorce or child abuse case. [...]

January 25th, 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 [...]

January 25th, 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 [...]

January 25th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog, paternity|

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 keeping [...]

January 25th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

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