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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?

Robin Thicke accused of domestic violence in child custody matter

Robin Thicke was hit with a request for a temporary restraining order late last month. A judge granted the restraining order, and also granted temporary sole custody of Thicke's 6-year-old son, Julian, to his ex-wife Paula Patton. The temporary custody and restraining order will last until at least Feb. 24, which is the date of their next court hearing.

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.

When can a court decide a child custody disagreement?

Almost all states, including Florida, have adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. This act creates standards that direct courts when they are making custody decisions. When it comes to deciding any case relating to a child custody arrangement, a state court can only make such a decision in cases where one of the below circumstances is true:

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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