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One state trying to shame parents into child support compliance

Every parent should have an appreciation for how crucial child support payments are, whether they are the parent paying or receiving them. This money allows custodial parents to provide the things their child needs and wants while also serving as a way to connect a non-custodial parent and child, even if only financially.

Missing a payment or two may not seem like cause for concern right away, but when delinquent payments stack up and parents cannot get back on track, the consequences can be severe. State agencies go to great lengths to try and hold these parents accountable. In at least one state, these efforts are spreading on to social media.

Proposed bill pushes for mandatory 50-50 custody split

When people talk about child custody, the word "battle" can often be used. It is not unusual for parents to argue and fight with each other in an effort to protect their relationship with their child and seek as much parenting time as possible, but unfortunately this contention can ultimately do more harm than good.

In an effort to level the playing field and take the fighting out of child custody cases, one Florida senator has proposed a bill that would make it mandatory for parents to split custody 50-50. Even if you favor this type of shared parenting, there are some concerns to consider if the bill is passed.

What happens if a parent violates a visitation order?

As we discussed in our last blog post, communication is one of the most essential tools at your disposal when it comes to raising a child with an ex. This is not just true when it comes to developing a parenting plan; it is also true throughout the duration of that plan.

Unlike other elements of a divorce, a parenting plan is not just a one-time event. There can be hiccups and unexpected obstacles along the way which parents must navigate and work through. As difficult as this already can be, it can be even more so if one parent is the cause of these problems because of visitation violations.

Communication is key in co-parenting plans

It is often said that communication is one of the most important aspect of any good relationship. However, communication isn't just important for keeping a relationship intact; it can also be essential when the relationship ends.

For example, if you have recently gotten divorced or are going through a divorce, you already know that communication with your ex can be contentious or non-existent. For some people, this may just be a necessary evil that comes with divorce. However, if you and your ex have a child together, then poor or absent can spell disaster.

When child support payments stop, we're here to help

Ask any parent and they will tell you that raising a child, while beyond rewarding, can sometimes prove to be incredibly expensive. That's because in addition to providing them with food, clothing and shelter, there's also tuition to pay, toys to buy and medical expenses to cover.

As difficult as this reality can be to manage in a two-income household, consider how much more difficult it can be in a single-income household, where it's hard enough to cover basic living expenses for one adult let alone one or more children.  

Important New Year's resolutions for co-parents - Part II

We recently began a discussion about various New Year’s resolutions that you may wish to consider if your co-parenting relationship is less than ideal. We mentioned that it may be helpful to think of your co-parenting relationship as a business partnership. We also noted that you may benefit from altering the primary methods of communication you use when interacting with your co-parent. Both of these potential resolutions may help to make your co-parenting relationship more productive and more palatable.

However, there is another kind of resolution related to co-parenting that you may wish to consider, depending on the ways in which your relationship is functioning right now. Both of the options we have discussed so far involve both you and your co-parent. But some of the best resolutions that co-parents can make are individual in nature.

Important New Year's resolutions for co-parents - Part I

Today is the first day of a brand new year. Hopefully, you are greeting this transition into a fresh year with joy and optimism. However, you may be wary of approaching the New Year in this way. Sometimes, the stress of co-parenting relationships can be so great that it clouds all of the joyous things about the New Year. Thankfully, you can opt to embrace some resolutions that may make your co-parenting relationship more bearable in the year to come.

First, it can be helpful to resolve to treat your co-parenting relationship like you would a business partnership. Business partners do not always get along. However, these individuals generally choose to work together for the good of their enterprise. The “business” of your co-parenting relationship is the wellbeing of your mutual child or children. Treating your interactions with your co-parent like you would a business partner can help you to focus on the primary issue at hand and to remove a great deal of the emotion from your interactions. This will hopefully help your co-parenting relationship to become more productive and will free you to process your emotions about your co-parent’s behavior on your own time.

How divorced parents can help make the holidays merry and bright

Right now, children across Florida are busy counting down the hours until winter break starts and they are finally free to celebrate the holiday season. As exciting as this time of the year can be, however, it's important to understand that it can sometimes be anxiety provoking for some children, particularly those whose parents are divorced.

According to experts, that's because many children of divorce often view the holidays with conflicting emotions. On the one hand, they might feel excited about giving and receiving gifts, spending time with family and friends, and just unwinding. On the other hand, they might feel anxious about possible arguments between parents, guilt over having to leave one parent behind and confused about the details of how they will celebrate.

Why the new visitation rights law offers limited help to grandparents

In today's modern society, many grandparents serve as de facto guardians, watching grandchildren on a daily basis while one or more parents goes to work and helping defray the otherwise enormous costs of daycare.

Indeed, it's precisely because of arrangements like these that the bond between grandparents and grandchildren can grow to be so strong.

The court will listen, but children can't always have their way

Do you have children under the age of 18? If you answered, “yes,” then you are well aware of the fact that your children have opinions. They may not have stepped out into the world on their own, but they certainly have their own ideas about everything, including divorce.

Where custody and visitation is concerned, does your child have a say? The answer is “Yes, but it depends on the circumstances.” Courts determine custody using the factors enumerated under Florida Statute 61.13, which include the wishes of the child.

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