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Research indicates that shared child custody benefits children

Gone are the days when mom automatically got the kids when a marriage ends. Changing attitudes and recent scientific research both bear out the concept of shared custody. Relationships between child and parent overtake parent-parent relationships after a divorce. In Florida, child custody agreements may soon be taking a turn toward shared custody as the new default as more and more individuals feel that this model is generally in the best interests of a child. 

Parenting through a divorce

Parents across Florida know it is hard work to make sure their children are happy and healthy, but parenting through a divorce adds an entirely new level of difficulty. Keeping children out of the middle when dealing with the feelings of frustration, anger, and sadness that are often present in a divorce is as necessary as it is challenging.

What should you expect when dealing with divorce relocation?

Very rarely in divorce is there a perfect solution to determining child custody and the location of each parent. However, beginning proceedings with an idea of what to expect is an excellent way to maintain objectivity and a positive outlook on whatever the outcome is.

International child abudction

Are you one of the many Florida parents who has to worry about your child or children being taken out of the country by a former spouse or partner illegally? If so, you should know about some of the things you will want to have ready to go in the event that this ever happens. As explained by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs, the more documentation you have easily and readily on hand, the better off you will be in helping authorities locate your child.

How the child’s best interests are determined

When it comes to dissolving a marriage or ending a relationship, often the most difficult aspect is determining what to do with the children. Whether you have been together for a few years or a few decades, the thought of losing custody of the children can be overwhelming. We at the Law Firm of Chris E Ragano fight for the rights of our clients to ensure that they are treated fairly and awarded the custody they deserve.

Preparing for your child custody evaluation

If you are going through a divorce in Florida, you should be prepared for the settlement of several issues, including child custody. The courts may enact a child custody evaluation in order to decide who should have primary responsibility for your children's care. It is important for you to know what to expect in order to prepare yourself for the evaluation process. Here at the Law Firm of Chris E. Ragano, we understand the necessity of maintaining a child's best interests, and we often help parents maintain the ideal living arrangement to meet their needs.

Parenting after divorce

After finalizing a divorce in Florida, parents take on a new role in their children's lives. Whether the courts decided on joint or sole custody, parents should learn how to adjust to their new lifestyle in a way that is most beneficial for the children, even if it is not convenient for the adults. According to the Huffington Post, one of the greatest ways to benefit the children is to work together as parents whenever possible, putting personal differences aside. This may mean allowing the children to split their time evenly between parents, or possibly allowing the children to decide where they will live. While the thought of the children spending so much time with an estranged spouse may be painful, it often contributes to the emotional stability of the children.

Updating your status could cost you custody of your children

When it comes to child custody, the Florida courts focus on "the best interests of the child." If a judge believes that your personal life puts those interests in jeopardy, your ability to obtain sole or joint custody could suffer. You might not consider that what you, your friends or your family posts on Facebook could hurt your chances, but you would be wrong.

Optional parenting plan schedules

When a couple is divorced in the state of Florida and children are involved, a parenting plan will often need to be developed. Whether the parents share joint custody or have supervised time-sharing, Florida Courts state that a decision on an acceptable schedule needs to be agreed to by both parties in order for the court to approve it and continue with divorce proceedings. If both parents cannot determine a suitable plan, the court will create one for them.

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