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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.