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What is considered in a Florida child custody case?

Florida makes a great setting for romances. Unfortunately, some of these relationships end in a battle when those involved are unable to settle their disagreements. When children are in the middle of these feuds, parents must try to move past their differences to determine who will take care of the kids. When parents can't come to an agreement, they often consider going to court to ask a judge to decide for them how child custody will be divided between the two parents. 

Child custody and parenting of special needs children in divorce

Florida couples in the throes of divorce may agree that it is a stressful time with many challenging decisions to be made. Child-related issues can complicate matters considerably, and if there is a special needs child, all aspects of child custody and parenting will require extra careful consideration by both parents. Parents of special needs children might have to face potential life-long co-parenting.

Shared child custody being encouraged in several states

At one time, when a couple divorced, it meant that a bitter fight over who got custody of the kids was about to ensue. In many cases in Florida, as well as in other states, the mother was often given custody by default unless she could be proven unfit. This is no longer the case. In fact, more and more states are encouraging shared child custody in divorce cases, with a few states even making it a law.

Be careful of nesting for child custody

In recent years, parents have become more and more aware of the effects that a divorce will have on their children. With this awareness comes new ways to try and cushion the blow, such as nesting. Nesting is when the children keep the family home, and the parents both move out, taking turns staying with the children in the home. But Florida parents may want to proceed cautiously if choosing this method of child custody.

Mediation in child custody

Anyone who has ever been through a divorce in which children were involved can attest to the stressfulness of the entire situation. Child custody decisions can be the most important choices that parents ever make for their kids. In Florida, when divorcing parents cannot come to an agreement concerning who will get custody of the kids, divorce mediation may be a way to solve the matter amicably.

One state fights to make shared child custody mandatory priority

A representative of one state is fighting to make it mandatory for family court judges to make it a priority for parents to share their kids after a divorce. While many couples make the decision of who will get child custody before they ever reach the courtroom, the family court judge is left to make that choice when the parents cannot agree. A new bill was introduced recently that will provide new rules on how those decisions are made. Though the bill was not presented in Florida, it could have an affect on family courts all over the country.

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Going through a divorce with kids is a painful and difficult process. If your child has autism or special needs, the divorce can become even more heartbreaking for everyone involved.

Florida bill would help needy families from losing child custody

A new law has been proposed which will give needy families in the state access to temporary foster care. For many single parents in Florida, a parent's serious illness, struggle with addiction or even a visit to jail can mean the loss of their child to foster care. If a parent has no one to care for their child while they are sick or away, child custody can be lost to them forever. Those behind The Temporary Care of a Child Act are hoping to change all that.

Child Custody Unmarried Parenting Plan Bill Introduced in Florida

The Florida Senate Committee recently introduced a bill that could help create an effective and beneficial parenting plan for unwed parents who wish to share in raising their child. The Florida child custody bill SB 590 was introduced in the Committee on Children, Families, and Elder Affairs on Monday, March 6 by its lead author. Although the bill was voted on by members of the committee upon introduction, it will still need to be heard on the Statehouse floor and voted on by several other committees before it could become law.

Setting up child custody arrangements, outside of court

Many courts encourage couples to engage in informal negotiations to resolve child custody disputes. The courts are ill-prepared to investigate and issue child custody decisions that fundamentally affect the lives of parents and children. The judge does not know the child that well, she does not know the circumstances of your relationship or anything else to do with the case.

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