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Make sure the best interests of your children come first

In all child custody negotiations -- and discussions about visitation schedules -- make sure that the best interests of your child come first. This is not only important for the welfare of your child, but it's also how a Florida family court judge will evaluate your case.

Supervised visitation: Helping kids safely see their parents

Psychologists and Florida courts agree: The more time children spend with both parents, the better off they are psychologically and emotionally and they grow and mature. However, what happens if one of the parents is a violent criminal, a registered sex offender or has committed domestic violence against his or her family on multiple occasions?

Factors that may influence your visitation schedule

Among the different decisions a family law judge makes in child custody cases, determining which arrangement is going to be in the best interest of the child is one of them. In order to render such decisions, judges must weigh how well the child gets along with his or her parents and which one is most apt to equip the child with the necessary skills to be productive later in life.

The 3 primary components of a child visitation plan in Florida

Family law courts in Florida don't use the terms "custody and visitation" to describe child sharing arrangements anymore. They prefer to call it "time-sharing." If you haven't established time-sharing rights regarding your children, and the other parent is unwilling to give them to you voluntarily, you may need to file a child custody case to assert your parental rights in court.

How do Floridians organize their child visitation schedules?

When you're trying to negotiate a child visitation schedule with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, it can be a difficult and emotional process. More than that, though, spouses often feel lost as to what visitation schedule is the most appropriate. Fortunately, Florida parents don't have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to visitation schedules.

Protecting your children during parental visitation time

Every family is different, and some families have an abusive parent. That parent might be physically or verbally abusive, but whatever form the abuse takes, you will want to protect your children from being harmed by it when they're spending time with the parent. Here's what you need to know.

Florida law and virtual visitation

In the digital era, we have a lot of ways to visit one another. We can do it in person, but we can also visit each other on the cellphone, via Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime and numerous other internet-based applications. In fact, due to the prevalence of digital communication, the state of Florida has enacted laws that provide "internet visitation" rights to parents when their children are staying with or visiting the other parent.

International custody dispute decided by federal court in Florida

A federal court in Florida ruled last week that a 20-month-old baby girl will be returned to her mother in Okinawa, Japan. The court made its decision under the Hague Convention, a cross-national agreement designed to prevent parental kidnappings. This is the first decision to benefit Japan since 2014, when Japan agreed to join the treaty.

Virtual visitation in Florida: What you should know

Since the advent of the internet, Florida parents can visit with their children via a lot more ways than the telephone and in person. Indeed, parents can call on Skype, chat on Facebook and spend time with their children "virtually" through different internet-based platforms.

How to make visitation time a positive experience for your child

You, your son and the mother of your son used to live together under one roof, but now you're separated from each other, living in different homes. You have visitation rights, though, and your son is spending every other weekend with you at your apartment. What can you do to make your child's visit with you a positive experience?

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