If your home state does not recognize your marriage as valid, you may not be able to obtain a divorce there. This would prevent you from getting married again. It would also leave you with no child custody or child support order, if you are a parent. Without an official divorce, your ability to raise and support your child could be dependent on the whims of your ex.
Child custody decisions in Florida are made by the standard that the child’s best interests are paramount. If the child is old enough, the judge may ask him or her where he or she would prefer to live, though that may not be the only evidence considered. Commonly, the choice comes down to one parent or the other having primary custody. But in an unusual case from outside of Florida, the choice was between a father and an unrelated couple trying to fulfill a deceased mother’s wishes.
Ending a marriage or relationship that children are a part of is rarely an easy task. A complicated process is made that much more difficult when one of the children involved has a disability. In addition to more immediate issues such as the division of assets and debts, child custody and child support, parents must look far into the future to determine how they can work together to make sure their child is cared for. This is true regardless of what the disability is.
Various states, including Florida, have enacted laws which favor granting parents equally shared custody after a child’s parents decide to go their separate ways. This arrangement will not generally be applied in special cases, including those involving domestic violence. However, a presumption of shared child custody arrangements is increasingly affecting a number of American families.
If you and your child's other parent do not agree on the matter of whom your child should live and/or who should be allowed to make important decisions on his or her behalf, you are navigating an unquestionably challenging situation. Not enough is said about the ways in which child custody disputes can affect both children and parents alike. As a result, others may not understand just how frustrating of a position you are currently in. Therefore, it is ultimately up to you to find the strength within yourself to approach the situation with grace, dignity and a peaceful mind.
Children are generally resilient creatures. Oftentimes, children emerge from the wake of divorce stronger and healthier than they were while living in a household marked by marital tension. However, research suggests that if the aftermath of divorce is not handled in certain ways, the self esteem of girls and young women can suffer. This recent research conducted by Terry Gaspard suggests that the self esteem of girls and young women may be uniquely impacted by lack of access to both divorced parents in the wake of the family split. The same self esteem and access link does not seem to affect boys significantly.
You and your child's other parent may have decided to parent in different households for a myriad of reasons. It is possible that tensions exist between you both. It is also possible that your child custody arrangements are proving to be quite challenging because your co-parent is difficult to work with. Thankfully, there are several things that you can do to make your situation less stressful for you and your child, even if your co-parent has no intention of changing his or her approach right now.
The relationship between parent and child can be complex. The relationship between parents who are no longer together can be equally complex. Perhaps because these relationships contain so many different potential dynamics, loyalties, emotional responses and connections, the concept of child support can be a uniquely heated one.
Television personality and DJ Pauly D has recently begun to seek custody of his five-month-old daughter. The reality television star had the baby with a woman he spent only a brief amount of time with and the state of their relationship now has caused him to be unable to meet his daughter. He says the custody filing is the first step in the process of finding a way to spend time with his baby and working out a long term parenting and support plan.
Making the decision to end a marriage is never easy. Once that decision is made, a lot of the work of legally ending the relationship begins. For couples who have children, that means sorting out custody and support issues which are difficult on a practical and on an emotional level. When emotions are involved and two caring parents are trying to do the best thing for their children, things can get a little messy.