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Child Custody Archives

The difference between child custody and parental responsibility

When it comes to child custody, in recent years, the concept has come to be known in Florida as "parental responsibility" instead. It's under Florida Statute 61.046 that family judges are authorized to make decisions as to whether one parent should be granted sole responsibility for his or her child or if that right should be shared between both.

Requesting to relocate with your child

When custodial parents choose to relocate with their children, it can greatly disrupt their child custody situations. More commonly than not, the noncustodial parent may object to the relocation on the grounds that the long distance relationship between parent and child will create an unnecessary rift between the two.

Think about all options for child custody arrangements

We recently discussed how co-parenting is something that is often possible when parents go through a divorce. This is one type of child custody arrangement that is suitable for some people; however, this isn't the only option that there is. Other arrangements include sole custody and joint custody.

Understand how mediation can help resolve child custody cases

Child custody orders are something that many parents opt to try to work out together. Child custody mediation is one way that this can be done. Instead of working with just your ex, you would work with a third-party mediator who could help to keep the focus of the negotiations on your child. This is often helpful if the divorce is a particularly contentious one.

Does your parenting plan cover the holidays sufficiently?

For divorced parents, the holidays can be fraught with conflict over custodial arrangements for the children. Especially if this is the first holiday season since the divorce, it's wise to plan ahead as much as possible to forestall chaos and upset feelings.