People do not enter marriages with the intent to divorce but most people are all too familiar with the well-known statistic that nearly fifty percent of all marriages will end in divorce. Despite this statistic, not all divorces are acrimonious and many people amicably divorce. Nevertheless, many Florida divorced parents may realize that when children are involved, regardless of whether the divorce was amicable or acrimonious, over the course of the divorced relationship, child custody disputes and issues between parents may arise which can lead to tensions even between the most well-meaning parents.
The reality of the end of an Orlando marriage with children is that the children and parents will likely not get to spend the same amount of time they did with each other prior to divorce. Despite differences between parents, it is important for parents to keep the best interest of their child in mind, and try to work out a reasonable and fair parenting plan or visitation schedule for the non-custodial parent.
In general, it is in the best interest of a child to spend time with both parents. However, in certain cases such as domestic abuse and sexual abuse, visitation with the child is not advisable. A sexual offense is a very serious matter and plays a significant role in determining whether or not a parent's child custody rights should be taken away. Typically, courts examine many factors to determine if a parent should be granted visitation rights or only granted visitation under supervised conditions.
The impact of divorce on parents and children in Florida varies from family to family, but the fact is that one way or the other the entire family is affected by divorce. Depending on the child custody and parenting arrangement, children in particular must adapt to and get used to spending differing amounts of time with each parent.
Famous Hollywood actors and actresses are frequently in the news regarding marriage, divorce and child-custody and support issues. Florida resident familiar actor Charlie Sheen may be aware of the child-custody issues surrounding his twin boys. Recently, the actor was reportedly seen with his ex-wife Denise Richards outside an L.A. courthouse where apparently they met to discuss the temporary custody of his twin boys. However, Richards is not the mother of the boys.
Recently the Florida State Senate Criminal Justice committee unanimously approved a bill which precludes a convicted rapist from having any child custody rights with respect to a child conceived as the result of rape or any act of sexual battery. All parental rights, such as visitation and custody rights, would be cut off.