The issue of child custody is a primary concern for most parents seeking a divorce. A custody agreement aims to emphasize an arrangement between the parents that will keep the best interest of the child a priority. In Florida, a family court judge will indicate the parameters regarding physical custody, visitation and decision-making on the child's behalf.
Florida parents who are in the midst of a custody dispute or divorce may not be aware that their child's religious upbringing may become an issue. The judicial system has no conventional guidelines that are followed when addressing a child's religion, so a judge will use its own discretion in making a decision that will be in the child's best interests while also considering the parents' religious rights.
As technology continues to move forward, virtual visitation is a practical tool being discussed and utilized in family court systems as part of divorce proceedings. Florida and other states already have laws in place that permit the use of virtual visitation, which allows noncustodial parents and their children to enjoy time together through such methods as video conferencing and social networks. Courts in some states that currently do not have specific legislation are allowing this form as well as part of an approved parenting plan and custody order.
Ending a relationship is never easy, but when a child is involved, the whole situation becomes far more complex. Florida courts will always consider what's in the best interests of a child when deciding custody, but when it comes to visitation, parents have the option of agreeing to a reasonable visitation plan. Under this visitation agreement, the two parents themselves, without the help of the courts, will decide upon their own visitation schedule.
Divorced Florida parents sometimes decide to move to a new location in order to get a fresh start. However, there are certain requirements that a custodial parent must meet before relocating with a child, especially if the new location is out of state.
A Florida girl who was taken by her father five years ago was returned to her mother. The mother had full child custody of the girl when the father used his court-ordered visitation to abduct the girl and take her to Mexico without the mother's permission.
Proposed legislation that was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives in December spells out what the U.S. can do if a foreign country fails to comply with the Hague international abduction treaty when a child is taken from Florida or any other state. U.S. State Department statistics show that in 2013, non-custodial parents abducted more than 1,000 children and moved with them to another country. The bill is now in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and hearings have already begun.
Florida couples may be interested in the latest legislative trend centered around child custody issues. New laws may dictate how custody is determined between divorcing spouses who go to court.
Divorcing parents in Florida who want to lessen the impact on their children now have a new tool: "co-parenting." It's a concept that can de-emphasize some of the thornier child custody issues in the parenting equation and allow both parents to more equally share in the responsibilities of raising their children.
Florida residents might be interested to hear a man in Savannah, Georgia is pleading for his daughter's return. His estranged wife disappeared with the two-year-old girl, and her other four-month-old daughter after the man dropped off the two-year-old at his wife's parents' home. The man has full-custody of his daughter. As the custodial parent, he had dropped off the girl as part of an arranged visit. Police are now following leads to try to find the woman and her two daughters.