Custody and visitation decisions during a divorce can be difficult. Once a custody agreement is in place, making changes to the child’s permanent residence can be even more challenging. However, the circumstances of either parent may change, as well as the child’s needs, and the decision may be necessary. Until a parent demonstrates otherwise, the court presumes that the final orders are correct, based on the information available to the judge at the time. To make a modification to a child custody order, the court has a two-pronged test.
In the state of Florida, all parents who wish to share custody or enjoy visitation with their child are required to draft a Parenting Plan. This declaration, known as Family Law Form 12.995(a) was approved by the Florida Supreme Court in November of 2015.
Two parents coming to an agreement as to which one is going to retain custody of their shared child is not an easy process. It can be even more complicated for those embroiled in a bitter divorce where a child is being utilized as a negotiation tool.
While alimony can help you bridge the gap as you attempt to get back on your feet after a divorce, it's important to keep in mind that the receipt of these funds carries with it many tax obligations as well. Although property settlements or child support are both non-taxable, alimony is the complete opposite.
If you're a baby boomer getting a divorce, you might have moved beyond the stage at which you need to fight it out with your soon-to-be ex over child custody. There are plenty of other issues that can make divorce negotiations just as heated. Among those, is deciding who is going to gain access to retirement accounts.