It is not unusual for unmarried parents to deal with similar issues that a divorced couple with children might such as child support, visitation and custody. In Florida, before a man is afforded the rights and responsibilities of being a father, paternity must be established. In essence, he must be recognized as the legal father of the child before he gets his father's rights such as child visitation.
Divorce with children is never easy. Long contentious and bitter battles between parents for child custody can go on for years after a divorce.
Katie Holmes may be preparing for an interesting day in court. The actress, who recently filed for divorce from Tom Cruise after 5 years of marriage, is reportedly seeking sole legal child custody of their 6-year-old daughter, Suri, in addition to primary residential custody.
When it comes to military divorces in Florida, there may be a few extra rules regarding the division of military pensions, residency requirements for filing for divorce, and certain legal protections for the military member. Yet when it comes to child custody, the best interest of the child is the prime standard in almost all Florida divorce cases, civilian or military, based on factors set by state law.
Although family law courts in Florida may endeavor to create a child custody and visitation schedule that comes closest to maintaining the positive aspects of the child's former lifestyle with both parents, the sad truth is that, after the divorce, the child will never again be able to spend as much time with both parents together.