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Odd work schedules and child custody

Everyone has their own way of making money. Some of us have jobs that keep a regular nine-to-five schedule and others of us have anything but a normal schedule. For those who have odd work schedules, it's not a very big issue until we want to spend time with people in the nine-to-five world -- and it can become an even bigger issue if you're a newly single parent.

When grandparents take custody of their grandchildren

If both parents of a child die, a grandparent or another family member might step in as the new legal guardian of the child. However, aside from death, there are other scenarios under which a Florida grandparent might feel it's important to assume the role of parent for his or her grandchildren.

Protect your children from the divorce blues

If you're in the throes of a child custody dispute, remember: Even though the process is stressful and scary for you, it could be even more frightening for your children. It's important for Florida parents to try and shield their children from the most psychologically tumultuous effects of their child custody proceedings.

Japan does not have a good track record with the Hague Convention

Japan ratified the Hague Convention on international child abduction about three years ago. At the time, legal experts celebrated the fact that Japan had agreed to honor the child custody orders of other countries in parental child abduction cases. Japan had long been considered one of the worst countries to deal with when it came to international parental child abduction because the country typically awarded custody to Japanese parent, and there was little that American parent could do.

Should in-vitro children be told how they were conceived?

In-vitro fertilization and other modern fertility practices -- like surrogacy and artificial insemination -- bring up different legal questions. Most importantly, do the children born from these practices have the right to know who their real parents are? And, should these children be given other special rights?

Are you in danger of losing child custody?

Not having access to your children -- or not having them by your side every evening when you're home from work -- is not something any Florida parent wants to imagine. Nevertheless, if circumstances have arisen that could result in you losing your parental rights, this fear could be very real for you.

When can grandparents get custody of their grandchildren?

The majority of Florida grandparents want to see their grandchildren as much as possible. Most parents readily support these visitation opportunities, especially because grandparents can serve as extra babysitters, give rides to their grandkids, and even help out financially with childcare expenses.

Parental abduction laws

Violating a child custody order can result in a charge of parental abduction against the parent who absconds with his or her child. It might seem innocent enough to a parent who takes the child -- or the legal violation may even seem justified on a moral level -- and this is why these cases tend to happen.

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