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.
Family law in Florida is designed to keep both parents involved in the child's life even after they are divorced. Courts deciding child custody cases do not give preferential treatment to one spouse over the other based on the child's gender. Joint custody is preferred in most cases unless the court decides that spending time with one of the parents would hurt the child.
Divorce is never easy. It becomes particularly difficult when it's a high-profile divorce. Having the public watch an intensely private, personal matter play out in the news is tough on the parties involved. Such is the case with a Florida Democratic congressman whose wife of 23 years recently filed for divorce.
Sometimes an egg donor is a lot more than just an egg donor. The Florida Supreme Court recently granted joint custody and visitation rights to a lesbian woman who donated an egg to her partner, only to see the woman run off to Australia with the couple's daughter three years later. In a groundbreaking decision, the justices rejected the birth mother's claim to full child custody rights based on a Florida law that denies parental rights to egg and sperm donors.