Every state in the union, including Florida, has embraced the concept of parental visitation as generally in the best interests of children and parents. The courts usually prefer to award "reasonable visitation," in which both parties work out a visitation schedule that meets their individual needs and desires rather than having a visitation plan ordered by the court. In practice, however, the custodial parent generally has more say in what is considered "reasonable."
It is important for children to have a healthy relationship with their parents. Particularly in the early stages of a child's development, a strong parent-child bond is important. Even though parents in Florida who are no longer together may disagree with how much time a child should spend with the other parent, generally, it is in the best interest of the child to spend time with each parent. But, what if a visitation schedule interferes with a child's nutritional needs, and is not in the child's best interest? Should it still be enforced?
The holiday season is right around the corner. As families muse over who will hold this year's Thanksgiving dinner, individuals recently divorced with children may have other matters on their mind such as child visitation issues. After a divorce is finalized, grandparents' may wonder as well if they will get to see their grandchildren this holiday season.
When married people can no longer live harmoniously, the only option for their emotional and psychological well-being, as well as that of any children in the marriage, may be divorce. It is a hard decision for most people that only gets harder when children are involved, especially when it comes to details such as custody and visitation matters. Florida residents who follow celebrity divorces may find it interesting to know that Hollywood stars encounter similar issues that divorcing or divorced parents with children in Florida do.
When parents divorce with children in the picture it is not easy. Emotions run high, one or both parents may feel slighted with parenting schedules and visitation plans which limit access and contact with their children. They may find the schedules inequitable and unfair and these feeling may culminate into a visitation dispute.