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Child Custody Archives

Establishing child custody in Florida

In Florida child custody determinations, the court has discretion to act as it deems is in the child's best interests. To guide the court's decision is a multi-factor test with several areas for the judge to consider before setting a custody arrangement. Many of the factors examine the child's school and home history. Any incidents of domestic violence are reviewed. The level of involvement each parent has in the child's life is evaluated . As much as possible, and when favorable for the child, the court seeks to provide continuity in the child's life.

Dad angered by Florida court system

Florida residents may be interested in a recent article which discussed the current plight of divorced fathers facing alleged discrimination by the Florida family court system. According to the article, the discrimination stems from the failure of a bill last year that would have overhauled the court system. Opposition to the bill was lobbied intensely by a women's rights group. Among other things, the bill would have ended the possibility of fathers paying permanent alimony.

Protect children traveling internationally with exes

Divorced parents in Florida may have heard about international abductions and felt anxious about allowing their children to travel internationally with their ex-spouses. This may be particularly true if the exes have families or other ties abroad. However, there are a number of things parents can do to keep their children safer.

International abduction cases challenging for Florida parents

A Colorado man may be nearing the end of a gut-wrenching 3-1/2 year child custody battle. After receiving a favorable judgment in a 2010 custody hearing, the father of two young girls was shocked to discover that his ex-wife had violated the court order and taken the children to Argentina. Sadly, this father is not the only parent dealing with this type of situation. According to the State Department, parents committed over 1,000 international abductions in 2013.

Shared parenting movement spurs child custody trend among fathers

One question that might be asked in Florida and anywhere that U.S. family law matters are discussed is, "Why are more single men heading up households than ever before?" The answer may lie in the fact that judges in some states are following revamped guidelines for awarding child custody in divorce. The new rules handed down to family law courts by state legislatures redefine what is meant by "the best interests of the child," the gold standard of priorities in custody disputes.

Abandoned child now in foster care; mother seeks custody

A 5-month-old boy is at the center of what may be a complex custody case. The infant is currently being cared for in a foster home, supervised by the Florida Department of Children & Families. However, his mother argues that the person who abandoned him at a fire house did so illegally, and she wants him back.

Shared child custody laws are being considered in many states

Child custody could be changing in today's divorce cases. Lawmakers in several states across the nation are considering the possibility that parents who divorce should get equal custody of the children in most cases. Individual custody could still be awarded to one parent, of course, if the other parent has a history of abuse or some other reason that would make them unfit as a primary caregiver.

Child custody an issue in Florida congressman's divorce

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.

Extended family sometimes must step into child custody cases

In standard divorce cases with children involved, custody is a matter that is discussed and then determined by the courts. Child custody presents a more complex issue when the matter is not an issue of divorce but of parental crime.

Florida mother alleges bias of parenting coordinator

When parents with children go through the divorce process, attorneys for both parties may encourage them to develop a parenting plan together. The goal is to avoid constant bickering about child custody and visitation. Sometimes it works; other times, not so much.

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