Sometimes a judge will award a parent supervised visitation rights. Supervised visitation usually becomes necessary following one of the parent's conviction of various crimes, or as a result of a mental condition. For example, the parent with supervised visits might have been convicted of a violent crime, a sex crime or he or she might have a history of child abuse or domestic violence.
The practicality of a prenup cannot be ignored. To put it simply: Responsible couples sign prenuptial agreements before they get married. That's because a prenuptial agreement takes into account the possibility of divorce and helps couples prepare for it in advance to prevent the threat of infighting, costly divorce battles and stressful decisions when they are in difficult emotional states.
You fought long and hard to have the right to spend every Sunday with your children. Now that you have the visitation rights you desired, however, you're facing a different kind of challenge: How do you make the most of these visits, and how you make sure your children feel supported and loved?
Parents are often at a loss for words when it's time to tell their young ones that mommy and daddy are getting a divorce. It's important to remember, however, that divorce is commonplace in modern society and your children have probably talked with other kids about what it's like to live with a single mom or dad.
Imagine facing the threat that you'll never get to see or spend time with your children again. The thought seems unimaginable to most parents, but for some Florida mothers and fathers this threat is real. Regardless of how it happens -- be it because the parent was convicted of a crime, convicted of committing abuse, accused of child neglect or some other reason -- some parents never get to see their kids.
Depending on how your family was organized while you were married, you may or may not know how best to spend time with your children during visitation days. For example, let's say you have your child for every other weekend. You've cleared your schedule so that you can spend every second together on these days, but what should you and your son or daughter do to pass the time?
The Fatherhood Institute studies single dads and their relationship with their children. The institute offers useful statistics that show how noncustodial dads maintain their relationship with their children. Studying this data may be interesting to fathers who want to know where they stand in terms of the norm for a single, noncustodial father.
When your time with your child is limited, it's important to make the most of that time. Showing up for your child's sporting events to lend your parental support is a great way to do this. That said, some Florida soccer moms and soccer dads have to be careful not to put too much pressure on their kids.
It's hard enough for two people to get along when they're married. After marriage though -- particularly if the marriage ended in a difficult or contentious way -- it can be more difficult than ever to come to any kind of agreement with your ex. Most matters can be codified and agreed to in a well-planned child custody agreement before they erupt into difficulty, but what if you have shared legal custody and your spouse wants to continually fight your decisions regarding health care, religion and education?
It's hard to imagine not living with your son or daughter. However, if you're the noncustodial parent following a divorce, then you will only be given visitation with your child. This means you'll probably get to spend every other weekend with your son, or perhaps only a single day per week.