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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.

What should parents consider when making vacation plans?

Summer means fun, especially for children who are free from having to go to school during the upcoming months. Summer can be fun for parents who welcome the opportunity to spend more time with their children. For divorced parents who are sharing custody, summer also means planning. It is important for parents to get on the same page in regards to vacation schedules.

Child custody is not just for divorcing couples

When most people think about child custody, they look no further than a divorcing couple arguing about which parent a child will live with after the marriage has ended, and how much visitation the non-custodial parent will be entitled to. This is perhaps the most important aspect of child custody, but it is by no means the only child custody issue that may arise. In fact, parents do not even have to divorce for child custody to become an issue.

Taking custody matters into your own hands is never the answer

Child custody matters are understandably important to many people, and it can feel very unfair when you are suddenly told by the courts that you can no longer see your child regularly. In such instances, it can be tempting to ignore the court's orders and make any attempt to see your child, but this is extremely inadvisable. Attempting to bypass court orders can actually harm your chances of ever regaining custody of your child.

Helping Florida fathers with child custody arrangements

When it comes to divorce, the future of any children who were born during the marriage is usually the most important factor to consider. Everyone involved in the divorce wants what is best for the child, but most people believe that this includes them being actively involved in the child's life. Unfortunately, it is sometimes impossible for children to regularly see both of their parents after a divorce, which is why some parents struggle to reach an agreement for child custody and visitation.

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