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Many factors can influence child custody outcomes

Deciding where a child should live and who should have the right to make decisions about their upbringing can be difficult for Florida courts to do. As every child custody matter is different, a court may have to make very diverse determinations based on the needs of each child and family. As such, there are a number of factors that Florida courts can use to decide matters of child custody.

Protect your parental rights during custody disputes

Not long ago, this Florida family law blog discussed the critical importance of a parent maintaining legal custody over their child. Legal custody is the form of custody that allows a parent to have an active voice in the important decision-making processes that occur and impact how their children are raised. A parent who lacks legal custody of their child may be unable to prevent their child from being subjected to medical, educational or religious decisions that as a parent they do not believe serve their child's interests.

Legal custody makes a parent's voice count

Each day Florida parents work hard to ensure that their children's needs are met. They pay their bills so that their kids have roofs over their heads and lights that turn on when they flip their switches. They earn money so that they can put food on their tables and clothes on their children's backs. They save and plan so that they can provide their children with opportunities for entertainment and involvement through extracurricular activities.

Factors that may influence parents' physical custody rights

The right of a parent to the physical custody of their child includes the right of that parent to have the child live with them in their home. In Florida, a court may determine that both of a child's parents should have physical custody of them. In cases such as this, a child may split their time between the households of their parents. A sole parent may also be granted physical custody of their child, in which case the other parent, known often as the noncustodial parent, may have visitation time with their kid.

Know the requirements of a Florida parenting plan

A parenting plan is an agreement that stipulates how the unmarried parents of a child will share in the responsibilities of raising that child after their relationship has come to an end. There are a number of considerations that must be addressed in parenting plans, and this post will briefly discuss some of those minimum requirements. Florida residents should talk to their family law attorneys about the requirements they may need to meet for their particular Florida parenting plans.

Know the requirements of a Florida parenting plan

A parenting plan is an agreement that stipulates how the unmarried parents of a child will share in the responsibilities of raising that child after their relationship has come to an end. There are a number of considerations that must be addressed in parenting plans, and this post will briefly discuss some of those minimum requirements. Florida residents should talk to their family law attorneys about the requirements they may need to meet for their particular Florida parenting plans.

They are your children: Have a voice in their child custody plan

Although divorce is a legal process that requires its litigants to follow certain rules and procedures, the paths that Florida divorce petitioners follow can be very different. The way that the parties structured the ownership of their assets, the repayment of marital debts or the need of one partner to request alimony from the other can all change the nature of a Florida divorce.

Legal custody is an important part of post-divorce parenting

One of the major concerns that Florida parents have when they choose to divorce is how their children's lives will be affected by the split in their family. Often those concerns revolve around how the kids' daily lives will be uprooted by physical custody matters; physical custody refers to where a child lives and which parent has control of their physical person. Parents can share physical custody, or one parent can be assigned sole physical custody while the other receives visitation time with the children.

Can I get custody of my child as an unmarried father?

Florida courts seek to provide for the best interests of children when they make custody decisions. Whether they are establishing physical custody and visitation schedules, legal custody, or both, courts must weigh many factors in order to understand how their parents and other relatives may provide and care for the children when they are under the adults' control. Generally, parents are able to secure physical and legal custody of their children, but as an unmarried father, a man may have a few obstacles to hurdle in order to achieve his custody wishes.

Helpful tips for handling new school year routines

With a new school year on the horizon, parents and children alike will have to adjust to new realities. There may be new schools, new friends, and of course, new challenges. But life is all about making adjustments; so divorced and separated parents must find a way to make things work as a new school year begins. This post will provide some helpful tips to make things easier.