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A father has the right to see his children

The state of Florida has firm laws set in place to protect children; the rights of fathers to spend time with their children is not always automatic. As such, fathers sometimes need to assert their parental rights in court if they want to have a meaningful presence in the lives of their children.

Fortunately for fathers, one fairly recent development in Florida family law is the fact that what used to be known as "visitation laws" are now "time sharing laws." Time sharing laws refer to the actual parenting plan that lays out the schedule for when and where a father will spend time with his or her children. The parenting plan also plays a role in how much a father will pay for child support.

Keeping track of 50-plus divorces

Baby Boomer divorce rates are increasing and it is affecting their retirement savings in a negative way. At this time, the divorce rate that applies to people who are 50-plus is more than double what it was in 1990. A recent study from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers the biggest areas of contention in 50-plus divorces are alimony, pensions, retirement accounts and business interests.

The fact is, people are living longer and the longer they live, the more their relationships and attitudes might change. As a result, over time, babyboomers can easily change enough to cause their marriages to come to an end and they often do.

What should I know about visitation schedules in Florida

When two parents divorce, they will need to decide on custody and visitation schedules. This can be a difficult process to navigate for someone who is not familiar with the usual way that custody and visitation arrangements are organized in the state of Florida. Hopefully, this article will shed light on some important guidelines that may come into play in the average custody and visitation plan.

First and foremost, Florida parents should know that even though "custody" and "visitation" are terms that have been used for a long time in family courts, in the state of Florida, we now use the terminology of "time-sharing" to describe which parent a child is with and when. According to the law, divorcing parents are required to submit time-sharing schedules in their parenting plans to indicate when children will be with which parent.

Does joblessness lead to divorce?

Every Florida resident knows that fights and disagreements about money are one of the most common causes of divorce. Indeed, any kind of financial stress on a family could cause a marriage to crumble. Furthermore, when it comes to tradition gender roles in a marriage, unlike women who do not work, it appears that stay-at-home dads "house-husbands" face a higher risk of divorce.

A study released by Harvard reviewed the financial, family, employment, and other statistics for thousands of married couples. The study found that the employment status of the husband in the relationship resulted in a higher chance of getting divorced. Husbands with full-time jobs have a 2.5 percent chance of divorce, while husbands with part-time or no jobs have a 3.3 chance of divorce. These statistics are starkly different from those from 1975, when there was a higher chance that a couple would break up if the men and women split their household work 50-50.

Remember the best interest of children during divorce

One of the biggest tragedies of divorce can happen when parents enlist their children into the divorce process in an unhealthy way. For example, parents might use their children as sympathetic ears to whom they voice their worries and concerns. They might try to pit their children against the other parent. They might also just forget to consider the feelings and best interests of their children due to the difficult nature of the divorce process.

According to a former U.S Assistant Secretary for Children and Families, we should not make children the victims of their parents' choices. Parents need to remember how much children are often worried during a divorce process. Sometimes children feel that if their parents stop loving each other that they will stop loving them. Sharing too much information with children could result in those kinds of fears.

Defending the rights of Florida parents

Divorcing parents will generally be very concerned to know about the time sharing plans they will have with their ex-spouses. Time sharing plans determine when, where and how Florida children will spend time with their parents.

In the state of Florida, laws have changed a lot regarding time sharing of children after a divorce. In the past, a judge would devote a great deal of time to determining how and when children would spend time with each parent. However, these days, the focus is on encouraging parents to decide the details of their children's care without court involvement. These days, the words "time sharing" and "parenting plans" have replaced the terms "visitation" and "child custody."

Disc jockey extradited to Paris over child custody matter

Seven months ago, disc jockey Angie Vu was arrested after she allegedly tried to flee the country with her 9-year-old daughter. The woman has been in jail ever since then. Recently, a federal judge ruled that the disc jockey will be extradited to Paris in order to face charges in her child custody battle.

Angie Vu is no stranger to media attention. Previously, she appeared in Playboy and was dubbed "Asia's sexiest DJ." However, the latest media attention she has received is clearly less than optimal. Also, it should be noted that the accusations against her have not been proven in court.

Lisa Marie Presley demands full custody of twins

Court records indicate that Lisa Marie Presley has filed for divorce. The daughter of Elvis Presley has been married to musician Michael Lockwood for the last 10 years, but their pairing will soon be coming to a close. Lisa Marie, who is a musician in her own right, cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the breakup.

This breakup marks Lisa Marie's fourth divorce. Previously, Lisa Marie was married to such famous individuals as Nicolas Cage and Michael Jackson. Lisa Marie cited the date of separation from Lockwood as June 13. The divorce may be related to Lisa Marie getting sued by American Express after a $109,000 charge by Lockwood. Presley is currently conducting an audit of her and her husband's finances.

Frequently asked questions about parental visitation in Florida

When you are involved in a child custody case, the availability of visitation is one of the primary concerns. Understanding some of the answers to common questions about visitation can help you understand how the process will go. Here are a few questions to consider:

-- What is reasonable visitation? In other words, it is generally left up to the two parents to decide what an acceptable plan of visitation is. If the parents can agree, it is a better choice than allowing a judge who does not know you or your children to make a decision.

Child custody basics

When a couple with children decide to go their separate ways, one of the most important issues that must be settled is child custody. Determining where the children will live and making decisions on their behalf must be completed and should be done with the best interests of the children in mind.

There are several types of custody that parents can consider when putting together a parenting plan. The first type of custody refers to the physical location of the child. Joint physical custody means the child lives at both parents' homes and switches off as agreed on. Sole physical custody means that the child lives with one parent, but the other has regular visitation.