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Child Custody Archives

Why moms should push for shared parenting

Many Florida mothers consider obtaining sole custody of children to be a primary goal in a divorce. Generally, the courts strongly favor mothers when it comes to awarding custody. However, modern research shows that mothers may want to reconsider their fights for sole custody and think about the advantages of a shared parenting arrangement.

Testing for paternity

If Florida parents are unmarried when a child is born, the father might not be on the birth certificate. It might be necessary to have a DNA test to prove paternity if the father does not voluntarily acknowledge it or if it is unclear.

Shared parenting after a divorce

Although many Florida parents who divorce end up in an arrangement where one parent has primary physical custody and the other gets some form of visitation, parents' rights advocates say that pursuing shared parenting may lead to better outcomes. According to a study conducted with 150,000 subjects and later published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, shared parenting has the most beneficial impact on children's health due to the reduced stress it places on kids.

Nesting as a possible shared custody arrangement

Florida parents who are considering a divorce may be considering how to manage their parental responsibilities after ending their marriage. Shared physical custody is one way for both parents to balance their time with their children. Nonetheless, nesting is an option that takes this a step further.

Factors that may warrant a child custody modification

In Florida and around the country, the health and safety of children is a top priority. When a couple with children divorces, they may either come to a custody and visitation agreement on their own or ask a court to order one. However, it may be necessary to ask for a modification to an existing order under certain circumstances. For instance, if a parent ignores the terms of a custody agreement, it may be possible for the custodial parent to ask to change it.

Tips for working together to create a parenting plan

Working together to create a parenting plan can be difficult, especially when emotions are running high due to a divorce. But if you can collaborate, not only will you save money and time, you also may preserve your co-parenting relationship. You may not be husband and wife any longer, but you will still be parents for a very long time. Graduations, birthdays and other celebrations will likely be celebrated together.

Scarlett Johansson may have international custody battle

Florida celebrity watchers may be interested to learn that actress Scarlett Johansson and her estranged French husband are both seeking primary custody of their 2-year-old daughter. It was reported on March 9 that Johansson has filed for divorce in a New York court using her real name even though she had the option of filing under an alias.

Recovering a child from a foreign country following a kidnapping

A Florida parent's worst nightmare could occur if their child is kidnapped by an ex and taken to another country. While prosecutors do have the authority to investigate and potentially prosecute the other parent involved in the kidnapping, they cannot control whether or not foreign authorities will return the child to the United States.

When child custody exchanges become a challenge in Florida

Although divorced couples may agree on child custody terms, emotions can still cause conflict regarding visitation rights. One factor that commonly leads to negative emotions is the lack of consistent financial support. Split custody time can also bring up unfavorable reactions when both parents have different opinions about child development as it relates to education and other values. Such animosities can come to a head when the actual custody exchange, or swap, takes place.

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