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Child Custody Archives

Stress levels of children with unmarried parents

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.

Custody and religious upbringing in Florida

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.

Changing a custody order in Florida

Since life circumstances change, it is sometimes necessary to seek a modification to a previously issued custody order. Child custody orders can be modified as they are always supposed to reflect what is in the child's best interests. If a change is warranted in order to meet the child's needs, it is possible it will be granted.

Child custody and the violent or abusive parent

Florida law protects children from abuse with a number of laws. It is possible for a parent or guardian to legally lose their custody and visitation rights because of violent or abusive behavior. However, the parental right to see and interact with their child is strongly respected by state and federal law. If it is possible for the parent to interact safely and appropriately with their offspring, then the court may choose to make provisions for custody, visitation or supervised visitation.

An overview of visitation rights for grandparents in Florida

A divorce can create challenges for all family members, and grandparents may worry about being able to spend time with grandchildren if a contentious divorce and child custody case has occurred. While an amicable custody arrangement might not require any court action for grandparents seeking the opportunity to continue to have interaction and visits with a child, a grandparent may be able to seek court assistance if a grandchild's parents object to nurturing this relationship.

Relocation with a child after a divorce

After Florida parents divorce, each will likely have the right to spend time with or have partial custody of their child. Before a child is moved more than 50 miles away from the principal residence, the parent who wishes to relocate with the child must file a petition that includes where the child will be moved and why a move is necessary, unless the other parent agrees to the move. All parties who have rights to the child may object to the petition in writing within 20 days of receiving it.

Understanding Florida's child custody laws

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.

What is a parenting plan?

As Florida parents deal with the impact of divorce, they may be concerned about the effect on their children. Although a dissolution of marriage terminates a relationship between two spouses, it does not terminate a parent's relationship with a child. A parenting plan is designed to cultivate parent-child relationships in light of the change in family dynamics.

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