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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.

How gender dynamics increase the likelihood of divorce

Compared to previous generations, Florida couples getting married in the 21st century are more likely to face future family law issues, such as child custody, visitation, parenting plans and time-sharing schedules. Gender dynamics and socioeconomic trends are shaping family life, and they are creating shifts in traditional gender roles. As a result, divorce is a more likely occurrence in modern families.

Visitation schedules can be whatever suits the family

As a general rule, both parents are allowed to have contact with their children after a divorce. However, parents in Florida and throughout the country may have trouble deciding on a visitation schedule that works for both parents and the children. Most often, the noncustodial parent is granted visitation every other weekend. In most cases, the weekend visit starts on Friday night and ends on Sunday night. That can be extended to Monday morning if it is more convenient for all involved.

Working out a parenting plan

Shared parenting or joint custody is one option for Florida parents who are getting a divorce. A judge may take a number of factors into consideration in deciding whether to grant shared parenting. For example, if the parents live too far apart, such an arrangement might not be in the best interests of the child. Other reasons might be because of concerns about neglect, abuse or the possibility of parental kidnapping.

Custodial interference can be damaging to children

For parents in Florida, it can seem like one of their worst nightmares if their ex-spouses attempt to prevent them from seeing or spending time with their children. They may wonder what they can do about the problems they are facing due to their former partners denying them access to the children. Custodial interference is a term used to describe attempts by one parent to block or interfere with the custodial time of the other parent. It can be deeply damaging to the parent-child bond as well as the psychological health of the children in the long term. This behavior is not a matter of a failure to agree on a specific time or a scheduling problem but rather is a serious effort to undermine the relationship.

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