Many couples in Florida who decide to end their marriages are able to resolve the issues of child custody and child support by agreement. Occasionally, however, the emotional disputes that led to the divorce get in the way of agreement on these important issues. In such cases, the couple must turn to the court for a decision on which parent will be awarded physical custody of the children.
Summer is coming to a close, and many children in Florida are gearing up for the new school year. For parents who divorced over the summer, however, back-to-school time can be more complicated than it was in years past. The following are some tips that may make going back to school after a divorce easier.
Divorcing couples in Florida who have minor children are required by statute to prepare and submit to the court a document called a "joint parenting plan." The plan is generally intended to resolve issues regarding physical custody, visitation and parent relocation. The court has the power to revise or reject the proposed plan. Obviously, preparation of a joint parenting plan is easier if each spouse can put aside any anger or hostility toward the other spouse and concentrate on the interests of the children.
Determining who gets to keep the children is one of the biggest sticking points during a divorce proceeding in Florida. Unfortunately, fighting over child custody can take a toll on both parents emotionally. It can also be burdensome for the children involved, no matter how old or young they may be.
LGBT couples, even married ones, have been banned from being foster parents in Nebraska since 1995. That's extremely unusual; most other states, including Florida, have no official policy one way or another, even when they have other laws approving or restricting LGBT parenting of other types.
It is often recommended that those going through divorce seek counseling or confide in a friend during the process. It’s definitely not an easy process so it makes sense that seeking help for the emotional aspects of divorce can be extremely helpful. The same goes for children. Some parents may think that a child can easily cope with a divorce because of their resilient nature, but every child is different.
Readers may be recall that Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a bill that would have created a presumption of equal time-sharing in child custody cases. Does that mean that courts disfavor equal arrangements? Not at all.
In 2011, a Florida bill officially renamed child custody and visitation to parental responsibility and time-sharing. Authorities may have hoped the switch would minimize legal battles over child custody, particularly regarding whether a parent would be designated as the primary or secondary parent. However, the core approach is the same, especially regarding the best interest of the child standard.
For a majority of people, having children out of wedlock is no longer something to frown upon. Instead, it is becoming a common occurrence across the United States, including here in Florida.