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Infant child in Florida to remain in state custody

When most people hear the phrase child custody, they imagine divorced couples battling over who has primary custody of the child or how many visitation hours the non-custodial parent receives. While this is obviously the most common custody issue, it is not the only type of child custody issue. In some instances, state agencies determine that a parent or guardian is unfit to care for the child or that their care is not in the child's best interests.

Swedish study says joint physical custody better for kids

Florida parents who are divorcing may be interested to learn that a recent study has shown that children who are in joint custody situations tend to be better adjusted than children who spend the majority of their time with one parent. The study appeared on April 27 in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health and was conducted by researchers in Sweden.

Florida parental visitation rights

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."

Making parenting agreements

Florida couples with children who are divorcing may wish to try to reach an agreement about parenting before going to court. Although this is not always possible, sometimes parents are able to work with their attorneys to negotiate a parenting plan outside of court that they then submit to a judge.

Procedure when parents miss visitation time

Custodial parents in Florida may wonder what happens if the non-custodial parent does not take the designated parenting time that they are assigned. This can be frustrating for the custodial parent, and as a result, they may return to court and try to get the visitation time modified. However, some experts point out that this may not be in the best interests of the child. Rather than taking steps to increase the separation even more, it is better if the custodial parent is able to work toward solutions that will keep the other parent involved in the child's life.

The interpretation of the best interests of the child

The laws of the state of Florida contain several relevant provisions to help the court make determinations as to what the best interests of the child may be in a custody or placement decision. The legislature has listed several factors that it feels most strongly influence the child's health, safety and development.

Pacers star Paul George seeks sole custody of daughter

After meeting in Florida, a New York woman says in court documents that a prenatal paternity test indicates that Indiana Pacers player Paul George is the biological father of her 2-month-old daughter. The basketball player plans to seek sole custody if an additional paternity test indicates that he is the father.

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.

Woman fighting for custody after Florida homicide

According to reports, a 43-year-old woman is doing her utmost to be reunited with her 7-year-old daughter after the woman's ex-husband, who had primary custody of the girl, was arrested for murder of the girl's grandmother.

Is shared parenting the way to go?

When it comes to child custody and parenting, many non-custodial parents tend to get frustrated with the amount of time they are given with their children after their divorce is finalized. Florida parents may find it interesting to learn that recently, many states have started to look at their child custody laws after advocates for shared-parenting laws have argued that such an arrangement is in the best interest of the children.

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