Following a divorce, many parents with children have some custody agreement in place which determines whether the parents will have joint or sole physical and legal custody of the child. In legal terms, physical custody refers to the parent the child will physically live with. On the other hand, legal custody refers to which parent has the legal authority make to decisions concerning the child's upbringing in areas such as education, medical, and religious needs.
Disputes between Orlando parents involving visitation, parenting time and child custody can sometimes escalate to a level where one or both parents may face criminal charges for their actions. For instance, despite a court order, a custodial parent may refuse to let the non-custodial parent see their child. Alternatively, a non-custodial parent may refuse to return or send back their child after their parenting time has been exercised.
It is important for the emotional and intellectual growth of children to know, associate and have contact with their grandparents. During and potentially after a divorce, contact with grandparents may be limited or completely cut off. Ever since the 2000 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a state law which allowed grandparents' visitation if it would be in the best interest of the child, it has been more difficult to argue in favor of it.
Families grow through marriage. Newlyweds welcome each other's families into their lives. When children come into the picture, family dynamics may increase and grandparents may play an active role in the care of their grandchildren and upbringing. Potentially they may provide free or affordable childcare when needed, pay for their education, extra-curricular activities and more. But, when a marriage with children ends in divorce with potentially long and bitter child custody and visitation issues, what happens to a grandparent's rights to see his or her grandchildren?
Divorce is never an easy process, but it can be more difficult when children are involved. In many cases, one parent or the other may feel at a disadvantage during a child custody dispute for various reasons. For example, many fathers may feel that the court system favors the mother.