Going through a divorce can be especially hard for children, and the general public along with some child experts seem to agree that dividing time between two households adds stress to an already difficult situation. However, Florida residents may be surprised by the findings of a recent Swedish study that shows that joint custody agreements cause less anxiety than parenting plans where one parent has sole physical custody.
Mediation can be a cost-effective and less contentious way to come to an agreement in a Florida divorce case. Many couples are able to reach negotiated agreements in order to settle their divorces and avoid drawn-out litigation in court. When a couple opts to try mediation, there are several things about which they should be aware.
For the first time since 2013, the Florida legislature is considering a bill that would change how the state awards alimony. A 2013 bill that was approved by the state legislature resulted in many people calling on the governor to cancel it. Ultimately, it was vetoed and never became law. A bill that is being considered in 2015 would end permanent alimony and add a presumption that child custody should be shared equally by parents.
Many Florida parents who are of different faiths go on to get a divorce. A contentious question often arises regarding in which religion the child will be raised by the custodial parent. If the parents are unable to agree, the court will be left in a position in which it must balance the fundamental First Amendment rights of the parent to choose their own religion versus the best interests of the child.