What happens when your child’s holiday schedule conflicts with the regular visitation schedule?
Sometimes domestic or interpersonal stress and conflict come up during the holiday season. In serious situations, people can fear for their safety or that of their children and other loved ones. Obviously, concerns over an unwelcome visit from a potentially dangerous nonfamily member at a Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, New Year or other holiday gathering cast a pall over the occasion.
Can I stop my spouse from celebrating a holiday with my children that falls outside of my religion?
Floridians sometimes have differences of opinion about whether vaccinations are safe for children. When a divorcing, divorced or unmarried parent’s belief about whether vaccinations are in the best interests of his or her children conflict with that of the other parent, it is a good idea to talk to an attorney about legal issues and potential legal remedies, depending on the circumstances.
A child can benefit from a loving grandparent relationship, especially if there is discord or dysfunction at home or between the parents. A grandparent may provide a loving bond, a safety net, an advocate, a tie to family tradition and extended family, wisdom, guidance and fun companionship.
Have you been providing financial support for a child, but suspect it might not be your responsibility because the child could be someone else’s? Or, have you been served with a summons and complaint for a paternity action and don’t know how to respond?
In our last post, we talked about the role of the social investigator in a Florida divorce trial. The judge may order that a social investigation be conducted to help him or her make more informed decisions about custody and parenting time. The social investigation focuses on each parent’s strengths and weaknesses vis-à-vis parenting, as well as on each of their homes, in light of what would be in the child’s best interests. The judge is free to use the investigator’s study and recommendations as evidence.
Under Florida law, a judge can order a social investigation and study when the parents cannot agree to an appropriate parenting plan themselves and the court would like to see evidence about each parent to make a better-informed custody decision.
After a parent has been wrongfully alienated by the other parent of their children, reunification therapy is the professional approach often used to try to repair the situation and support the mental health of all involved. As we wrote in Part 1 of this series, parental alienation may occur when a parent tries to alienate a child from the other parent without a reasonable basis for doing so.
At our law firm, we see parents in divorce who have developed relationships of extremely high conflict. It is impossible for parental conflict not to affect children, but harm to kids can be minimized and addressed through therapy and professional involvement with the family. After all, the best interests of children are the primary focus of Florida child custody and divorce law.