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How to meet parenting challenges after divorce

Parents in Florida who choose to get divorced will need to continue to raise their children together. This can be difficult even if the divorce was relatively peaceful. However, it can be made easier by keeping the focus on doing what is best for the child. Generally, fighting or acting in a less than mature manner around the kids does not help to meet that goal.

How a flawed child support system hurts parents and children

For many Florida parents, being able to afford monthly child support payments is a major issue. In fact, a study from the Urban Institute showed that 70 percent of all child support debts are owed by people who earn less than $10,000 a year or have no reported income at all. Nevertheless, the legal consequences for failing to make child support payments are extremely damaging; they can include expensive fines and even jail time.

Paternity important to fathers' custody rights

Florida parents who have a child may later decide to separate and move on. However, fathers may want to maintain their closeness with their children. In order for a father to have the right to file for child custody, it is important for his paternity to be legally recognized. When the parents of a child are not married, the father's identity is not assumed, and paternity must be vouched for in an official manner.

Considerations for joint legal custody

Florida parents who are divorcing might want to share joint legal custody of their children even if they do not share physical custody. This means that both parents would have the legal right to decide what religion the children would practice and what school the children would attend as well as make health care decisions for them.

Tax implications of a custody agreement

In a contentious divorce that involves children, it's not unusual that the parents focus their attention on the issue of custody. For most, the care of their children comes first. But Florida parents that are going through the divorce process also face serious tax implications depending on how the custody issue is decided.

Nas and Kelis in another child custody dispute

The rapper Nas and singer Kelis have been engaged in a series of custody disputes over their 8-year-old son. Florida fans of the entertainers may be aware that they made a joint custody agreement in March. The agreement was kept private, but it is reported that it created a specific schedule for when the child would be with each parent including during holidays. However, according to Nas, Kelis has still made it difficult for him to see his son.

Divorcing parents can plan with a visitation schedule

Divorcing parents may deal with child custody in a number of ways. For example, many share joint custody, in which both parents have approximately equal parenting time and decision-making responsibility for the children. In these instances, the children frequently travel back and forth between the homes of both parents. Other Florida families may have one parent retain sole or primary custody of the child while the other parent has visitation time.

How fathers may increase their chances of getting custody

In some cases, fathers in Florida who are getting a divorce might want to seek full custody of their children. However, they might be worried that they are at a disadvantage. There is a popular image of some fathers as being deadbeat or absent dads. Furthermore, courts have traditionally assumed the mother would be a better full-time parent for children. Fathers may increase their likelihood of gaining custody if they can demonstrate a strong relationship with the child.

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