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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.

What is virtual visitation and can it help in your case?

If your ex-partner wants to move to a new location and take your child with him or her, or if you must travel often and are worried about missing out on your child's life, you may want to talk to your attorney about implementing virtual visitation in your visitation rights. This kind of visitation is relatively new to child custody courts, but it can be immensely beneficial for both parents and their children.

What is virtual visitation?

What does a guardian ad litem do?

Parents who are considering giving up or facing the possibility of losing their parental rights are undoubtedly in a painful, difficult position. Parents are typically expected to be the best advocates and caretakers for their kids, but the reality in some situations is that a child's parents may not be the people best suited for this role.

Under these circumstances, a guardian ad litem may be appointed. A person in this role will have a number of obligations.

Why Depp's divorce could be bad news for his kids

Johnny Depp is probably known as one of the biggest film stars in the world. He has had a long film career. Along with being known for his various movie roles (as well as his good looks), Depp is also known for his string of high-profile romantic relationships. 

His most recent romance, according to media reports, is coming to an end. After about 15 months of marriage, Depp and actress Amber Heard are getting a divorce. The younger Heard, 31, filed the paperwork and has created quite the media frenzy by doing so. Within the buzz is the important question, "Why didn't Depp get a prenup?"

6 tips for taking the stress out of summer custody plans

Summer is just around the corner, and for many Floridians it can't come soon enough. However, there are some drawbacks and adjustments that come with summer, especially if you are parent sharing custody of your child.

Summer means no school, and that means kids have more freedom and fewer scheduling restrictions. It also means that parenting plans can look much different in the summer than they do during the rest of the year. While this can be frustrating and complicated, there are some ways to ease the anxiety of summertime custody.

Divorce: Can it actually protect your kids?

There is no doubt that situations like divorce and sharing custody have the potential to take a significant toll on kids. After all, they are major changes that require considerable adjustment.

It is only natural for parents to want to avoid these areas of complication and shield children from difficult situations. However, if you think that staying in an unhappy and high-conflict marriage is accomplishing these things, you may want to reconsider.

Scott vetoes bill presuming equal parenting time is best

Child custody is one of the most complex and divisive issues in family law. Because there can be so much at stake, from parental rights to the welfare of a child, there are many laws in place that establish certain protections and direct family courts on how to resolve child custody matters lawfully and fairly.

However, these laws are always changing or being challenged. Recently, for example, a bill was proposed that would have dramatically affected the trajectory of child custody cases across the state. The bill, which was recently vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott, would have directed courts in the state to presume that equal parenting time was best for Florida children.

What you should know about your parenting plan

Courts rarely award one parent 100 percent of the parenting time. The modern trend has been to allow both parents an opportunity to spend time with the child. Florida is no different. It is a matter of public policy to ensure that a child has continuing access and contact with both parents as much as possible. The courts are instructed to encourage parents to collaborate during divorces because it's in the best interests of their child to ensure that they continue to get the love and support they need. This post will go over the factors you should consider when setting up a parenting plan.

How will moving affect custody?

Getting through the process of working out a parenting plan can be a great relief to parents who share custody of their kids. With everything laid out in that plan, parents can move forward and refocus their energy on making the most of their time with their children.

However, there are situations in which you will have to revisit and make changes to a parenting plan. For instance, if you or the other parent plans to move, it can and will affect custody arrangements.

What reduces your obligation to pay child support during college?

Child support is paid to help your child grow up, pay for expenses and get an education. Education includes primary, secondary, post-secondary and even graduate school in some cases. When your child support obligation ends depends on the expectations you, your ex-spouse and your child hold in terms of education. If you and the other parent are both professionals, then it is possible that child support could be ordered to continue until your child receives his or her graduate degree. Assuming child support has been ordered, is there any way to mitigate the support payments or do they stay the same? 

Child support payments are based on your ability to pay and your ex-partner's ability to pay. But when a child enters college, a third potential income is introduced: your child's. The more your child is able to pay for himself or herself, the less you have to pay.