The common assumption used to be that children endure more stress when they go back and forth between their divorced parents' separate households. You may have heard the term "suitcase kids" to describe children whose separated parents have joint custody.
Different couples handle divorce in different ways. For many people, divorce is the most stressful if not devastating time in their lives, while for other spouses, putting the marriage behind them will be a great relief. For children, however, their parents' divorce is always a confusing and overwhelming time.
Military families can face specific kinds of challenges in child custody disputes. Because service members are so often deployed and redeployed, it is possible that judges in multiple jurisdictions will have a say in divorce and child custody matters.
The holiday season is here, and while potentially wonderful, this is often a stressful time of year for parents, especially after a recent separation or divorce. But with the right mindset and planning, it is possible for parents to avoid time sharing disputes and help the kids make warm memories that last a lifetime.
One important aspect of co-parenting after divorce is planning for who will have the children on holidays and other special occasions throughout the year. Halloween is coming up, and with the right planning, this particularly kid-focused holiday can be positively memorable for parents and children alike. What you don't want to do as a parent is leave the planning until the last minute.
Occasionally child custody arrangements have to be modified because the custodial parent wants to relocate with the child. Sometimes both parents agree to the move; other times they don't. Here let's go over the requirements relocating parents must satisfy under Florida law.
We recently discussed the positive shift from the idea of "winning" child custody to the more collaborative approach of time sharing and co-parenting after divorce. Today courts in Florida recognize the importance of having both parents in a child's life, rather than creating a court-ordered void where one parent might have been.