As many couples in Florida may know, there is a litany of issues to resolve when partners opt to dissolve their marriage. Some of these issues are vital, such as child custody, spousal support and property division, and the successful resolution of a divorce may hinge upon them. If any one of these issues is contested, the state recommends that couples engage in mediation.
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.
Florida couples who are thinking about divorce may be interested in ways to save time and money while ending a marriage. Through the process of mediation, a lengthy court battle may be avoided. Many couples are now turning to divorce mediation to resolve their differences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.