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Understanding the financial aspects of a Florida divorce

One of the most complex aspects of divorce is the division of assets. It's common for divorcing spouses to spend most of their time hammering out child custody arrangements, believing that the financial aspects of divorce should be of secondary importance. While child custody arrangements are certainly important, the financial settlement you gain at divorce can go a long way toward securing a good future for your children.

The following is an overview of how Florida laws apply to the financial aspects of divorce, namely the division of assets.

3 big concerns your kids may have about visitation

If your ex-spouse has visitation rights, it's important that you get on the same page. Co-parenting is never easy, but it comes with the territory upon divorcing.

In addition to your personal concerns, your children may be unsure about the visitation process, what to expect and how they'll like it.

The benefits of gaining primary physical custody

As you prepare for the divorce process, you're likely to have questions and concerns about the well-being of your children.

With so many benefits of gaining primary physical custody, you may find yourself interested in fighting for it. Here are some of the benefits to consider:

  • More time with your children: When you have primary physical custody, you have more time to spend with your children since they live with you. Even if your ex has visitation rights, you'll get to see your children more often.
  • The opportunity to receive child support: Depending on the circumstances of your divorce, you may be in line to receive child support. This will help you provide your children with a better life in the future.
  • More control: When your children live with you, you have more control over what they do. For example, you can decide when they go to bed and how they do their homework. If you also have full legal custody, in addition to physical custody of your children, you don't have to work with your ex when making decisions regarding healthcare, religion and education among other important details.

Child custody and your parenting plan: Prepare for the future

If you have children with your soon to be ex-spouse, the divorce process will focus heavily on topics such as child custody, visitation rights and child support.

While you want nothing more than to put this chapter of your life in the past, the decisions you make during your divorce will prepare you for the future. And that's why you need to proceed with caution.

Reasons why you may need to change your visitation date or time

If you have visitation rights with your children, you know how important it is to make the most of every minute you spend together. However, there could come a point when you realize that you need to change your visitation date or time.

Should you find yourself in this position, the first thing you should do is reach out to your ex-spouse. You can't make any changes until they first agree to them.

What is legal custody? Learn to make it work for you

In your divorce, you'll find yourself faced with questions and concerns regarding both physical and legal custody.

Legal custody provides a parent (or parents) with the power to make important decisions regarding their children, including but not limited to:

  • Medical care
  • Religion
  • Education
  • Extracurricular activities

Child custody and visitation: Things to discuss with your children

When you first tell your children about your divorce, they're likely to have concerns about the impact on their future. However, depending on their age, they may quickly put this out of their mind.

As things change down the line, it's important that you keep your children informed as to how child custody and visitation will affect them. Here are some things you should discuss:

  • Where your children will live: For example, if you have physical custody of your children, let them know that they'll be sleeping in the same house as you, most of the time. This is also a good opportunity to discuss where you'll live, such as if your ex got the family house in the divorce.
  • Visitation rights: Sticking with the example above, your ex may have visitation rights with your children. Explain this to the kids, letting them know what the schedule looks like.
  • The impact on their life: This can include everything from where they go to school to how much time they have for their friends on the weekends. Not only should you discuss the potential impact on their life, but make it clear to them that you want what's best for them. Keep an open mind regarding their wants and needs.

What are the different child custody and visitation options?

There are a lot of things that come into focus when a couple is faced with an impending divorce. One such concern is how they're going to share custody of their kids. While it's best if a couple can reach an agreement among themselves, many cannot. It's in situations like this that the court may step in and make decisions for them. There are a variety of child custody options a judge here in Plantation may impose depending on the circumstances.

A judge may award legal or physical custody to one or both parents.

Does age impact what type of custody schedule is most ideal?

It's difficult for any parents to transition from seeing their child virtually anytime to having to schedule when they're going to spend time with them. It can be helpful to have a third party step in and negotiate a custody schedule that may be amenable to both. How you should split up your time with your child varies greatly depending on their age and stage of development.

Infants and toddlers tend to instill a lot of trust in their primary caretaker. This is why long periods of separation between parents and their kids aren't ideal at this age. Your son or daughter may easily become depressed and develop separation anxiety if you're separated for a long time. This can lead them to have difficulty in developing relationships and regression on down the road.

Visitation concerns to address with your ex

If you have visitation rights with your children, it's important to take advantage of every minute you get to spend together. Not only is this good for you, but the same holds true for your children.

It's your hope that you never run into visitation related concerns, but there's always a chance this could happen. For example, your ex-spouse may do their best to take away some of your rights, as they're still angry about your divorce.

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