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.
Do both parents get a fair chance in child custody proceedings? It's a question often asked by parents, particularly fathers, going through a divorce. Wondering if you will be able to see your children on a regular basis let alone get custody of them can cause significant anxiety.
Disputes regarding child custody and parenting times can arise anytime between the custodial and non-custodial parent. However, most may not anticipate or experience the complexity which surrounded a child custody case involving an American Indian father and a non-Indian mother.
Florida football fans will find it interesting to learn that, according to reports, a woman seeking to establish former NFL star Hines Ward as the father of the woman's young daughter recently filed a complaint.
Multiplatinum producer Scott Storch, who has produced hits by 50 Cent and Chris Brown, reportedly owes over $28,000 in child support to the mother his child. A Florida court issued a warrant for his arrest in his child support case after he failed to appear in court for a scheduled hearing. His attorney has indicated that Storch's child support arrears will be cleared within a week. The once highly successful multiplatinum producer has been plagued by drug-related and financial woes in recent times.
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.
Military servicemen and women returning home from Iraq or Afghanistan after single or repeat deployments are routinely facing some challenging issues. Child custody and support issues, unfortunately, are among them. Typically, these personnel leave behind families with small children or expectant wives to serve our country abroad. Upon their return some have found that their spouse has left the state and refuses to let them see the child.