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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.

Establishment of paternity in Florida: How it works

Florida families are not always traditional. The modern family unit is flexible and takes a lot of different forms. You might find two unmarried parents living with their kids, a single mother living with her children and a boyfriend, two married parents with stepchildren from previous relationships, and so on.

Incorporate these 3 items into your parenting agreement

When it comes to a well-drafted parenting plan, foresight and experience go a very long way. Parents need to consider what their future co-parenting relationship will be like. They need to foresee potential problems, and they need to incorporate solutions for those potential problems within a carefully-drafted parenting plan.

Do you need to change your child visitation agreement?

Changing your child visitation agreement could be necessary if you or your spouse's life circumstances evolve over time. Imagine you have a new job and work schedule that make your current weekend visitation schedule unworkable. Alternatively, imagine you become ill and can't visit your child often anymore. Perhaps your child's circumstances change, and this requires an adjustment to the visitation schedule.

How can I ensure my ex is involved in my child's schooling?

In nearly every kind of legal proceeding, foresight is everything, and child custody negotiations aren't any different -- especially when you're trying to negotiate a workable coparenting agreement with the other parent of your child. When parents have foresight, and the benefit of legal knowledge and experience, they can include specific language in their parenting plans that will help them circumnavigate potential problems later down the road.

What does it take to establish paternity?

A hundred years ago, when a woman had a child out of wedlock, there wasn't any way for the courts to determine who the father was. They could look at the physical characteristics of the child and take a guess, but beyond hunches and guesswork, there was no way to know for sure. These days, if a child is born to unmarried parents, legal avenues exist through which the mother can establish paternity for the purpose of collecting child support. The biological father can also step forward to establish paternity for the purpose of gaining visitation rights.

When is joint child custody a bad idea?

If you ask a child psychologist, he or she will probably tell you that joint child custody is preferred. Child psychologists like the idea of children spending half their time with you and half their time with the other parent because it gives them as much time as possible with both parents -- and this has a positive effect on their growth and development. At the same time, however, psychologists will also agree that a 50-50 custody split is not appropriate in all situations.

Provisions you might want to put in your parenting plan

There's no way to predict what will happen in your post-divorce life. However, if you're a parent, you will need to do your best to look into the future and prepare for every contingency. This is the task that's asked of parents when they set out to draft a parenting plan that supports their needs and protects them and their children from the threat of disagreements later down the line.

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