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Why coparenting is important

While a divorce means the end of the marital relationship, it does not mean the end of the family unit. It is imperative that both parents work together to coparent with the best interests of the children in mind, no matter how the former partners may feel about each other. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. To be able to work with your ex-spouse successfully when it comes to the children, it's important to understand how positive co-parenting impacts the kids.

What do Florida courts consider during child custody disputes?

Children are always the most important aspect to consider during any divorce. Decisions regarding where the children will live and how they will be supported following the divorce is always fertile ground for dispute.

When might sole custody be awarded in a Florida divorce?

A divorce between two spouses without children can be a battle. However, when children are involved, a divorce can become an all-out war. The family law courts in Florida are concerned about one thing in a child custody dispute and that is the best interest of the children. When he or she sees fit, the judge can order that one parent has sole custody of the children.

Creating a parenting plan for your special-needs child

Divorce is a tough process when you have children, but it can be even rockier if your youngster has special needs. October is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Awareness Month, which allows us to bring an extra bit of attention to those parents who are trying to create a parenting plan for their special-needs youngsters. Statistics show that about 10 percent of kids ages 4 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD. Compare that to the skyrocketing divorce rates in many states -- including Florida -- and you may have a recipe for disaster if you do not proceed with caution.

Know about these recent changes to Florida child custody law

Your child custody proceeding is a serious matter that requires serious representation. Although divorce comes along with a variety of legal issues, few have the same emotional component associated with a child custody negotiation. Determining visitation and crafting a parenting plan can be stressful and time-consuming, especially if you do not have appropriate legal representation. No matter your personal situation, you deserve a legal team that can represent your interests throughout your Florida divorce proceeding.

When circumstances change, child support orders may be altered

Parents with cases within the Florida Child Support Program can seek an alteration of the child support agreement under certain circumstances. Modifications may be granted if the person receiving child support is doing so through the program, the support has not been modified within the past three years and circumstances for one or more parent has changed.

How do Florida courts determine the best interests of the child?

When deciding on a child custody case, Florida courts do their best to decide the case in the best interest of the child or children. According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, every state has a statute that requires the best interests of children to be considered. Though each state or court may differ slightly in determining such things, there are general guidelines and definitions that are followed.

Settings for child support negotiations depend on parents' needs

Child support negotiations are not always easy, but they are necessary to protect the best interests of the child by providing adequate financial resources. Florida parents have a variety of legal options when it comes to deciding their own child support plans. Parents can use out-of-court dispute resolution processes, or they can use informal negotiation to reach a conclusion. If the parents are unable to reach a decision through these alternative methods, a court order may be required.

Start talking about summertime child custody plans during spring

Spring: The time when a young person's thoughts turn to baseball -- and child custody issues? Although Florida children may not be entirely tuned in to their own visitation schedule with their parents, it is critical to make these decisions before summertime arrives. Child custody experts say that April is the perfect time to start thinking about summer visitation and physical custody plans.

Don't forget important routines when dealing with child custody

Couples in the Miami, Florida, area who are dealing with divorce may also be considering child custody arrangements. A post-divorce parenting plan can be complex, but should consider the best interests of the child or children as well as the needs of the parents. According to a study that appeared in the Journal of Development and Behavioral Pediatrics, some routines positively impact emotional and social health in kids.

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