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.
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.
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.
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.