Category Archives: Child Custody
What happens at custody mediation?
Divorcing or separating from someone you share a child with is a difficult and stressful experience, for both you and the child involved. If you and your co-parent cannot agree on custody, Florida courts will typically require you to attend a mediation to try to work out an arrangement. Since you might not be… Read More »
Nesting may make your parenting plan easier
For divorcing parents, there is no more contentious issue than the children. However, even though the topic is potentially contentious, parenting plans do not necessarily have to be, and they are not in every divorce. In fact, in this era of conscious uncoupling, amicable divorces are becoming more and more common, especially for parents…. Read More »
Can my soon-to-be ex-spouse take our kids overseas?
Child custody is one of those issues in a divorce that can turn an amicable divorce into a nasty one, especially when an ex-spouse decides that they want to move their life overseas. Of course, if both spouses agree, there is not an issue, but if not, moving a child thousands of miles away… Read More »
Getting to a child custody plan when the parents don’t agree
If you are facing off in court against the other parent of your child, chances are you didn’t get to that point because your relationship as parents is going smoothly. Whether the case is between ex-spouses or those who were never married at all, it can seem difficult, at the beginning of such a… Read More »
Florida Risk Protection Orders
Like other states, we have state-specific laws. One such law is Risk Protection Orders (RPOs) that are handled by the Domestic Violence (DV) Division under Florida Statute 790.401. To be clear, these orders are handled by a judge and initiated by a law enforcement officer. But, as a private citizen, if you are experiencing… Read More »
How child custody is decided and the factors that impact it
Although it has become fairly common for children to grow up in two households, this does not make the situation easy for the parents or children involved. Additionally, this does not mean that child custody issues will not be present. In fact, most of the matters require parents to get a child custody order… Read More »
Arguing for a custody arrangement
Child custody disputes can be emotionally wrenching, but they are decided by legal arguments, not emotional appeals. The focus of the judge’s decision will be on what’s in the child’s best interests. This term refers to a legal standard, and is based on a long list of guidelines and factors to consider. If you… Read More »
Preserving a relationship with your child after divorce
For Florida parents who are going through a divorce, their primary concerns are the effect it is having on the children and how to maintain a loving relationship with them in the future. Parents filter a moment in time such as divorce through the lens of many life experiences. But for children, divorce is… Read More »
What do I need to do if I need to move with my child?
As is the case in other states, Florida has special rules which require parents to take special steps if they are subject to a custody and parenting time order and want to move. The first step any parent should take before deciding to move is to review her child custody order and parenting plan…. Read More »
Tips on celebrating the holidays following a divorce
The holiday season is here in Lakeland, but if it is your first holiday as a divorced parent you may have some confusion and concerns about what to expect. Your divorce decree may spell out which holidays you will have your child in your care. Even with these plans already in place, you and… Read More »