After deciding to divorce, one of the first decisions you need to make if children are involved, is who will maintain custody of your child or children. For all Florida residents going through such a traumatic time in their lives, deciding the particulars of child custody can be some of the most important and most difficult decisions you will most likely face. Every parent wants to ensure the best level of care for their children, but it is not always easy to determine who the best parent is when both parents are used to equally providing love and care for their little ones.
Divorce is a difficult time no matter what the circumstances are that has led you to making such a difficult decision, however they become more complicated and sensitive when the requirements of children with special needs to be considered. There are many resources available through the Florida Department of Children and Families but they may not be enough to help all parties agree to who should continuing caring for their children on a regular basis.
Even after the decision of who is going to maintain custody has been made, there are a myriad of questions that will arise as to visitation plans and child support to name a few and what if there are post-divorce modifications that need to be made to previous arrangements. One course of action to help understand all of the questions both parties might have is mediation. This is a warm environment that may help couples come to an agreement on who takes care of the child(ren) and when.
Understanding the sensitivity required when it comes to child custody and divorce is paramount to reaching a positive outcome that all parties are happy with, including the children. If you are going through a divorce, contacting a divorce attorney that specializes in child custody should be your first step regardless of whether or not both parties are in agreement.