Child Custody Archives

Child support: What you need to know

Whenever you have to decide on the custody arrangements for your child, there are bound to be some disagreements or key issues raised. You'll need to consider where your child will live, who will pick up or drop him or her at school, decide on visitation times and plan for how you and your spouse will work together to raise him or her. If you want sole custody and the sole right to make parenting decisions, that's another issue that you might want to raise with the court.

You can decide on your own parenting arrangements

Determining how your child is going to live after a divorce can be one of the most difficult decisions you make. One of the things you'll need to decide on is the type of custody arrangement you want to have and where your child will live most of the time. For instance, if you and your partner don't get along, can you work together to co-parent, or will you or him or her be trying to obtain primary custody?

Mother searching for 9-year-old believes she was kidnapped

Parental kidnapping is a real problem for some families. When one parent is disgruntled after a child custody dispute, it's possible that one parent could take a child and leave town or go to an undisclosed location. That can cause major concerns for the child's safety, and if the parent and child is found, it's likely that the parent will lose some or all visitation rights.

The main factors that affect child custody in Florida

When you go through a divorce, one of the things you may be concerned about is your right to child custody and how child custody and visitation will work out for your child. You may already have an idea of what you want your visitation plan to look like or have an idea of how your time should be split, which you can discuss with your attorney and spouse. In Florida, there are specific rules and guidelines for placing a child in the best home for his circumstances, and these will need to be considered.

The Hague Convention and parental kidnapping

Parental kidnapping is a horrible situation where one parent, usually the parent without custody, takes his or her children away from the custodial parent and flees. In these cases, many parents flee the country because of the hope that there are protections there to prevent them from being sent back to America. It can also be much harder to locate those who have fled the country.

Senator suggests equal visitation time with children

Florida's laws have seemingly always stayed in a state of change with alimony and child custody laws shifting over the last few years. An Oct. 27 report states that a senator in Florida has suggested a law that would eliminate lifetime alimony payments, which could leave some people without the money they need to live their lives following divorce, depending on the circumstances.

Florida couple leaves child outside of bar, loses custody

Negative parental behaviors can have a dramatic effect on the custody of a child. It is fair to say that most parents try to do what is best for the children at all times. However, sometimes the behavior of parents is called into question so severely that they risk losing custody on a permanent or temporary basis. When allegations of neglect surface, authority figures in Florida might decide a child is better off in protective custody than with either parent.

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