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Joint custody a popular option for divorcing parents

When parents in Florida think about divorce, one of the most significant issues they may face is how the separation will affect their relationship with their children. Some parents may fear losing almost all of their time with their children. After all, in the past, many child psychologists and experts believed that children should remain in their mothers' sole custody in the infant and toddler years and even that overnight visits with their fathers could be harmful. However, over the decades, this approach has changed radically; now, shared custody is a preferred option nationwide.

Divorced parents should come up with a holiday plan

Florida parents who are divorced or separated may be concerned about how to go about setting up a plan for the holidays. In order to alleviate stress, parents should open the lines of communication and cooperate with each other to make the holidays enjoyable for their children.

Overcoming the challenges of parenting after a divorce

Florida individuals have an obligation to maintain relationships with their children even if they don't have ones with their spouses. In some cases, an inability to communicate during a marriage will carry over as it relates to raising children after it ends. If people don't have a good relationship with each other, they can still have strong relationships with their children. In fact, how a child turns out generally depends mostly on how he or she gets along with each parent.

Helping children gain stability after a divorce

Some parents in Florida who are getting a divorce may have heard of the practice of nesting, or birdnesting, in which parents rotate in and out of the family home while the children continue living there. The idea behind it is that it gives children the stability to adjust to divorce, and experts say it often works. However, there are a few caveats.

Situations in which there may be temporary child custody orders

When parents in Florida are going through a divorce, temporary child custody orders might be put in place until the separation is final. At that time, the temporary orders could be made permanent. The court may take other factors into account and even ask the child for input. However, the general inclination of the court is to try to avoid disrupting the child's living arrangement.

Effective ways to parent a child when a marriage ends

Florida parents may not want to work together to raise their children after their marriage comes to an end. However, it is important that they do so for the sake of their children. It can be easier to work with another person when there is an agreement in writing to do so. The parenting plan can be tailored to avoid conflict while still working to meet the needs of a son or daughter.

Preparing for a hearing on child custody or time-sharing

When parents in Florida know that they have an upcoming child custody hearing, they may be confused about what is to come or even intimidated by the formality of the process. When going into a child custody proceeding, it is important for a parent to be as well-prepared as possible. By understanding how the process works, parents can help gather the information that they need in order to present their arguments effectively in court.

Healthy co-parenting for divorced parents

Florida parents are often so committed to their children's best interests and emotional well-being that they put off divorce for a long time, hoping to stay together for the kids. However, putting the children first doesn't mean staying in a marriage that isn't working. Developing a positive co-parenting relationship can help children thrive and feel supported after their parents' divorce with two loving homes that welcome them.

Both parents must commit to raising a child after a divorce

For parents in Florida and throughout the country, the key to raising a child after a divorce is for parents to communicate well and respect the other person in the child's life. Parents should also respect the fact that the child needs both parents in his or her life.

Creating a parenting schedule that works for everyone

Florida parents who are getting a divorce need to create a parenting schedule that outlines when the child will stay with each parent. By doing this in a way that prioritizes the child's needs, parents can indicate to their children that they care what happens to them.

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