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Can I relocate with my child as a single parent?

Single custodial parents who share custody with a noncustodial parent may find themselves in between a rock and a hard place if they want to move to a new state with their children. Most child custody agreements and child custody orders will restrict the custodial parent from moving too far away from the noncustodial parent when the distance of the move threatens to interfere with the noncustodial parent's visitation rights.

How to share summer vacations with a long-distant parent

If you live on the other side of the country -- or on the other side of the world -- from your child's other parent, you might need to come up with some creative solutions to ensure that both of you get to spend adequate time with the children.

How do you spend your child visitation days?

The worst thing a noncustodial parent can hear from their child on visitation day is, "Daddy/Mommy, I'm bored!" It hurts to think that your children aren't having fun with you. And it's even worse when a noncustodial parent receives this kind of feedback from the other parent after the children go home. "The kids were bored all weekend, why didn't you do something more interesting with them?"

Are you thinking about joint custody arrangements?

When parents decide to get a divorce, beyond all other aspects of their breakup, decisions relating to child custody are the most important - and the most difficult. The parents will have to decide with whom the children will and how they'll share their time with their children. One way that parents organize these decisions is through a joint physical custody arrangement.

Is a mother or father more likely to get child custody?

Mothers and fathers actually have an equal right to child custody. Gender should not factor into this equation at all. However, due to the nature of how people tend to adopt gender roles in marriages and families, there are a preponderance of women who do gain the advantage during a child custody battle. This is because it's often women who are the primary caretakers of their children.

What should I know when scheduling a parenting plan for my baby?

Newborn babies have special needs, so if you're in the process of planning your child visitation or parenting plan agreement for a baby, you'll want to keep these needs in mind. Here are some vital considerations to remember while trying to make a plan for your baby:

How can non-custodial parents spend more time with their kids?

Imagine you're a parent who has completed your divorce process, and you did not win shared custody of your child. Instead, you only have the right to spend every other weekend with your child. That's four days per month, and during the two weeks that pass between visits, you desperately want to maintain a connection.

Reasons why a Florida parent could lose child custody

Your child is the most precious thing in your life, but that doesn't mean you will always have the "right" to possess your child -- if the government decides to intervene. There are several circumstances in which a Florida parent could lose his or her parental rights.

Florida co-parents: How to share holiday time with your ex

The thought of an empty house on Christmas morning can be devastating for a newly divorced Florida parent. Whether your most treasured holiday is Christmas, Hanukkah, Ramadan, Halloween or St. Patrick's Day, the joy of partaking in family traditions on this day could be the highlight of your year, so it can be difficult to let go of your kids. Nevertheless, while negotiating a workable parenting plan with your ex, you'll need to decide how to share these special days.

Child custody vocabulary: Do you know these terms?

Most Florida parents who find themselves in a difficult child custody disagreement will contract an attorney to help them navigate their legal proceedings. In this respect, parents will not need to know everything about Florida family law. They can rely on their attorneys to help them. That said, if parents know certain terms, it will help them communicate with their attorneys toward the result they desire.

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