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Shared parenting requires cooperation

As many Florida residents know, some parents have a difficult time after divorce when it comes to spending time with their children. This parenting deficit does not always emanate from a busy schedule or lack of concern but rather from disagreements with a former spouse over parenting time.

Generally, a court order outlines who will have primary custody, or if custody is shared. It might include a detailed plan of when the child will spend time with each parent, where vacations are spent and how holidays are divided up. The parenting plan may include notifications for the noncustodial parent so that he or she may attend school events, medical appointments or sporting events. Even the best plans are sometimes misinterpreted or blatantly ignored.

Children whose parents are divorced are shown to adapt better to the situation if they spend time with both parents. Cooperation between parents may benefit from good communication. If one parent wants more access to his or her children, then the court may consider the matter and make modifications if necessary.

Using manipulative means of keeping one parent away from the child is considered breaking the child custody arrangement. It may be necessary for the denied parent, along with his or her attorney, to approach the court for a remedy.

An ex-spouse who has problems having parental rights enforced has options, and consulting with an experienced family law attorney may be a good idea. An attorney might assist in having a parent's rights upheld or use documentation of violations to ask the court for a modification of the original order.

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