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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?

What does it mean if you have physical custody?

There are two main types of custody that parents can have in Florida. Those are physical custody and legal custody. Legal custody refers to the ability to make decisions about your child's life, upbringing, medical care, religion and education. Physical custody refers to the parent that the child lives with. If you have physical custody, you will be the parent who offers daily parenting care to the child.

What to expect during a Florida child custody hearing

Most Florida parents prefer to reserve the right to make their own child custody arrangements. Therefore, they will likely come to an agreement about child custody without the need to go to court. However, not all parents can agree on how to share custody. These parents will need to have a child custody hearing before a judge.

5 types of supervised visitation

Most Florida parents who are engaged in a difficult custody battle know that supervised visitation programs exist. In these programs, a parent -- usually one who has a criminal record or history of violence -- will only be allowed to visit with his or her children while being supervised. However, most parents do not know what supervised visitation will look like exactly.

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