For most couples with children, a divorce only signals the end of the marriage, not the end of their parental responsibilities. All Florida divorces involving children will consider factors between the parents based on the children's best interests. This includes child custody arrangements, alimony and child support payments.
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.
A recent court case in Miami reflects a legal struggle that is prevalent in some other states but relatively rare in Florida. The case involves what, at first glance, seems like a standard child custody case. A man is seeking joint custody of his two children. However, the involvement of a local native-American tribe has complicated the case.
After spending several years in the limelight on their family’s reality TV show, Jon and Kate Gosselin were involved in a very public divorce battle. The couple had initially gained attention for their amicable relationship while dealing with the stresses of parenting eight children, including sextuplets. In getting divorced, however, the couple was confronted with the task of creating a child custody arrangement.
Time sharing, parenting plans, meaningful access: These are of equal importance to caring parents involved in the divorce process, regardless of gender. Loving parents -- both moms and dads -- will want to ensure that they foster a strong, close and continuing relationship with their children, whether they have physical custody as the primary caregiver or seek meaningful access as the non-custodial parent.