Discover the facts surrounding child custody

Child custody laws in Florida and around the country differ, but some common myths exist no matter what state has jurisdiction over the case. For instance, some may believe that custody is always granted to the mother since they are seen as the principal caregiver, but nowadays, more fathers are involved in the daily routines of their children. Moreover, state laws tend to favor equal parenting time.

Although some parents may suffer depression during a divorce, those who seek medical help for depression may be seen in a more positive light than parents who exhibit symptoms but do nothing about it. Furthermore, in some cases, parents may part as friends and believe they will share custody without a problem. However, it may be easier to create an agreement in the beginning. A schedule outlining visitation and custody arrangements for the entire year makes sense in order to avoid conflicts later.

Fighting over children is never healthy for anyone concerned; it is best for the adults to come to an agreement rather than to engage in a custody dispute. If parents cannot agree, then the case may need to go to court. In addition, it is usually not acceptable for one parent to prevent another from spending time with the children because child support was not paid. In court, the two subjects are treated separately, and both parents may suffer the consequences.

Child custody cases may present some conflict, but the best interests of the child usually prevail in any case. An attorney who understands family law might help parents develop an agreement that satisfies both parties.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Five Custody Myths Separating Parents Need to Know", Carla Schiff Donnelly , June 05, 2014

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