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Common concerns surround child custody and visitation

Visitation is a significant concern for many parents including divorcing parents. Child custody and visitation issues can be especially challenging for parents. In general, parents are entitled to reasonable visitation of their children. Parents are encouraged to work out a visitation plan that is best for their children and their family. Parents working together to develop a visitation plan is preferred the court imposing a visitation schedule on the couple.

The important issue of grandparents' rights in Florida

Grandparents can be an important part of any childhood. A healthy relationship with grandparents can be important for children which is why grandparent visitation can be an important concern for many families. Child custody decisions are always determined based on what is in the best interests of the child.

How do I establish paternity?

Paternity can be established in different ways depending on the circumstances of the family. If the parents are married at the time the child is born, there is a presumption that the husband is the father of the child. The circumstances are not the same if the child's parents are unmarried at the time of the child's birth. It is important to establish paternity for child custody, visitation, inheritance and other reasons such as emotional considerations.

The importance of a carefully thought out visitation plan

Developing a visitation plan that is in the best interests of the child and works best for the needs of the family is important. It can take time to negotiate and agree upon a visitation agreement but it is worth it for the peace of mind and to fulfill the best interests of the child. A child visitation plan and schedule can avoid visitation disputes and visitation-related confusion and stress.

How is child custody determined in Florida?

Because of the understandable concerns child custody creates during the divorce process, divorcing couples may have concerns related to child custody and how it is determined in the event of a divorce or in other circumstances. In general, child custody decisions in Florida are based on what is in the best interests of the child.

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