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Who gets custody? How can a court decide?

When deciding who gets custody of a child, there are lots of things to consider. The child's best interests are the primary concern, so parents need to consider that first. For instance, if the child's mother is always available during the day and the father is available on weekends, then a custody arrangement that works with that schedule will give the child time with both parents when they aren't busy.

Florida parents: Child Support Enforcement doesn't do enough

Some parents are worried that they aren't getting enough child support and are frustrated with the Florida Child Support Enforcement Program. They claim that the program doesn't have the authority to do what it needs to do to get the money the parents need and deserve for their children. Some parent do find it difficult to pay the child support they owe. What can you do if a parent won't pay? You have to turn to the Child Support Enforcement Program. If the program doesn't have the authority to do what it needs to do, it is very difficult to get the funds that have been withheld from the custodial parent. The Florida Department of Revenue Child Support Program has collected over a billion dollars in current and past due child support in the last fiscal year, as of July 2017. The program states that it has a collection rate of 81.9 percent, but it still has over a billion dollars to go to make things right with some parents. What can be done to get results on cases that are long past due? The state agency says that it has enforcement tools. It can garnish a parent's wages. Driver's licenses may be suspended if child support is not paid. Extreme cases can result in a parent going to jail.

Woman flees with child and faces prison for parental kidnapping

A child custody dispute can be difficult to live with, especially if you're always concerned about your child being taken away by the other parent. No one should have to live that way, and the courts may order supervised visitation to make sure your child stays safe.

Man sentenced for taking daughter to Florida without custody

When a custody arrangement is in place, it's not legal to take your child away from the other parent without permission in most cases. You cannot flee the country or move without addressing custody-related concerns unless you have permission from the courts.

The Uniform Child Custody Act protects your court orders

You want to know that your child custody order is upheld no matter where you travel. If your ex takes your child out of state, you want to know no other court can reverse the decision of the judge in your home state. The Uniform Child Custody Act supports you in this regard.

2 children killed in DUI crash, father speaks out

When your child is in his mom's or dad's care, you want him to stay safe. Finding out that your ex got behind the wheel drunk with your child is a shocking revelation, and one that is sure to send you straight to your attorney over custody concerns. You have every right to want to protect your children, and cases like that deserve a second look from the courts.

Reducing holiday stress starts with good planning

The holidays are approaching, and it can be a difficult time for those going through a divorce or who have already divorced. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keep your holidays happy. For instance, you should already know where your children will be spending the holidays, what times they're expected at your ex's house and when you can expect to have them. You can review your child custody terms with your attorney if they aren't clear so that you and your ex can determine an agreement for the holidays.

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