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Preparation can lead to success during child custody mediation

A large portion of success in any endeavor can be attributed to preparation. So if you are a divorcing parent who is worried about your impending child custody mediation, you may want to focus your efforts on getting ready for your next meeting.

Pitt and Jolie set aside custody issues for holiday gathering

One of the more compelling celebrity stories of 2016 is that of Brad Pitt's and Angelina Jolie's very public divorce. And child custody issues are a key component of the drama which included allegations of child abuse leveled against Mr. Pitt. Although Mr. Pitt was cleared of these charges, he currently is only allowed to visit the couple's six children with a therapist present.

Holiday planning is a key element of your parenting plan

The holiday season can be both a joyous and complicated time for all parents. But if you are a parent who is going through a divorce, the holiday season can present a variety of complications. Typically, both parents want to have lots of time with their children, but unless they are able to totally table their differences so the entire family can be together, they will have to share.

Communication with your ex can help enforce parenting decisions

If you are a parent who is preparing to divorce, the dynamics of your relationship with your child will change. Even if you did not get along with your partner, you likely openly shared your opinions on the important aspects of your child's life. But after the divorce, much of the time spent with your child will be while under your exclusive care. This means that you will be making many parenting decisions by yourself.

Sole vs. shared custody

Florida's current laws on child custody matters in a divorce state both parents should share. Generally, this 50/50 split allows for each parent to continue providing regular emotional support and to exercise their standard parental rights and duties despite dissolution of the marriage.

Is your school year custody schedule working as well as possible?

The summer has ended and school bells are ringing to summon children back to class. If you're a parent, life is very different once school starts up. In addition to school, your children may have music lessons, team sports or any number of other activities vying for their time. This means that your schedule will alter to accommodate their itineraries.

Proper representation is very helpful when dealing with the DFC

It would be wonderful if old TV shows like "The Brady Bunch" or "Growing Pains" were accurate portraits of family life. On those shows, problems were always small and solved before the closing credits. But unfortunately, families often lead complicated lives and sometimes mothers or fathers have serious personal issues. And if these issues are serious enough in nature, they may attract the attention of the Florida Department of Children and Families.

What steps can make co-parenting more effective?

If you are a parent who is in the process of divorcing your spouse, you have many details to work out before you sign the official decree. And of course, many of your most pressing issues will involve your children. It is almost certain that both you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse want what is best for the children. But sometimes emotions or resentments can lead a couple to act out in ways that are detrimental rather than helpful to the situation at hand.

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