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Child custody and moving out of the house

Debating child custody with a soon-to-be ex-spouse is never easy, and Florida parents will generally have a lot of legal questions about the issue. One of those frequently asked questions relates to moving out of the house. Indeed, when tensions are high, one parent may decide to move out of the house for the sake of having his or her own space, but what does this do to that parent's chance of winning custody of his or her children?

What's virtual visitation?

Virtual visitation refers to the way we visit with our children via telephone, video conferencing, email, instant messaging and other forms of electronic and internet-based communication. This designation of visitation rights is usually addressed in modern parenting agreements and child custody orders.

The most important points courts consider in child custody cases

These days Florida courts are beginning to lean toward a preference for awarding parents with 50-50 custody of their children. What that means is that courts like to see children spending half of their time with each parent, equally, and having the parents share their parental responsibilities equally as well.

Establishing a father's paternity rights voluntarily

When a man fathers a child with his wife, he will receive paternity rights automatically, as the legal process assumes he is the father. On the other hand, when a man fathers a child when he is unmarried, paternity rights are not transferred automatically. Specific steps need to be taken in order for the man to be on record as the father of the child. Fathers are always best served to take those steps as soon as possible - while they are still in a relationship with the mother - in order to avoid possible complications in the event of a breakup.

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