As parents prepare for divorce, there are a number of things that can be done to smooth the road ahead. Co-parenting will present a number of challenges, not the least of which is the reality that both parents will end up spending less time with their kids than they did while the marriage was intact. This can lead to a situation in which Florida parents feel as though they have to pander to the wishes of their kids while they have them, in order to maximize the impact that their parenting role will have. This is sometimes known as seeking the "most popular parent" award, and it is never a good idea.
As summer fast approaches, many Florida families are preparing to celebrate a child's graduation. This is a landmark event in a young person's life, and a time when families gather from near and far. For those who have gone through a contentious divorce, it can also be a challenging time. The following tips are offered to help Florida parents navigate this tricky time and to keep the focus on their child.
A high profile child custody matter is making its way through the courts and has raised debate about the protections afforded to Native American children. For many Florida residents, the issue hits close to home, as even a slight degree of Native American ancestry is sufficient to qualify an individual as a Native American. Once that designation has been made concerning a child, there are specific protections afforded that child when it comes to custody matters.
In many cases, Florida parents want to do what is right for their children, but become blinded by their own emotional reaction to the end of their marriage or relationship. It is difficult to set aside one's own feelings and focus exclusively on the needs of a child, but that is exactly what is called for during child custody discussions. Parents who want to try and work together to structure a custody or child support agreement should understand the importance of having a child custody attorney guide that process.
When two parents have gone through a difficult breakup or have battled over the division of parenting time, there are often a number of lingering resentments that can color their interaction for many years to come. This is an understandable but unfortunate state of events, as it leaves both sides feeling as though the only way to deal with the other parent is through an adversarial stance. In reality, most Florida parents would be better served by trying to be as flexible as possible within their child custody agreement.
Change may be on the horizon for parents who are struggling over the care and custody of shared children. A measure that would change the way that family courts approach child custody has passed through the Florida Senate, and it is now headed for the House. The issue has sparked a great deal of debate across the state, and it could bring many child custody cases back before the courts, if the measure is eventually signed into law.