We recently discussed what might happen if you are pregnant while you are going through a divorce. That is only one of the things that we can help you with in regards to child custody.
When you found out that you were expecting, you probably never expected that it would end with you going through the pregnancy, labor, delivery and child rearing without your spouse. The divorce papers might have hit you as a big shock.
We recently discussed how co-parenting is something that is often possible when parents go through a divorce. This is one type of child custody arrangement that is suitable for some people; however, this isn't the only option that there is. Other arrangements include sole custody and joint custody.
Having to co-parent a child isn't always easy, but when you can do it without too much conflict, your child is the one who reaps the benefits of the situation. Co-parenting is something that can make you and your ex a bit uncomfortable.
Florida law presumes that a woman's husband is the man with whom she conceives a baby. This presumption is one that has been the source of trouble for one man.
Child custody orders are something that many parents opt to try to work out together. Child custody mediation is one way that this can be done. Instead of working with just your ex, you would work with a third-party mediator who could help to keep the focus of the negotiations on your child. This is often helpful if the divorce is a particularly contentious one.
For divorced parents, the holidays can be fraught with conflict over custodial arrangements for the children. Especially if this is the first holiday season since the divorce, it's wise to plan ahead as much as possible to forestall chaos and upset feelings.
The state of Florida requires that some people going through a divorce attend an approved course regarding the impact of divorce on children. The goal of the program is to help parents understand what type of affect divorce decisions have on children so they can make the most educated decisions as they navigate custody, support and other negotiations.
Even though we as a society are far more open and understanding about mental illness than we were in the past, there's still a stigma around it. Parents suffering from mental illness too often don't seek the treatment they need out of fear that they'll lose custody of their children.
As you plan your Florida divorce with minor children involved, one thing you will need to accomplish is a written parenting plan. This plan will outline such things as parental responsibilities, scheduling and decision-making to create as smooth and cooperative a transition as possible for your children. The best plans will have these four elements, though your individual circumstances may require others.