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A parenting plan can make your hectic holidays easier to manage

During the holidays, a parenting plan can make life much easier. Knowing where your child will be and what's expected of you during this very busy and hectic time is an absolute necessity. A parenting plan has to be approved by a court, so you and your ex should work on this with enough time to allow the court to review and approve your requests.

Yes, you can get through the holidays after a divorce

After a divorce, the holidays take on new meaning. Maybe they're more stressful because you have to work out a parenting arrangement quickly with your ex and attorney and get your kids where they need to go, or perhaps they're a little sad because of the people you no longer get to see. These are all normal situations and something that you can prepare for.

What should you do before you cohabitate?

When you're not married, you might have questions about keeping your property separate if you decide to move in with your partner. Many people assume that all assets are separate, but the fact is that many assets will be shared between you. For instance, if you purchase furniture or have a shared bank account, then those assets are likely to be shared.

Planning parenting after divorce

While physical assets may be difficult to separate, the hardest thing to determine during a divorce can be the custody of the children. Scheduling holiday time and assigning financial responsibilities requires compromise from both parents. In order to facilitate the division of duties, family courts in Florida can require parents to submit a parenting plan for approval by the judge.

The challenge of divorce and the holidays

The holidays can be particularly difficult for divorced families, especially if you and your ex-spouse don't get along. As a parent, you want to make the best decisions for your children, but those decisions can become stressful when the holidays are involved.

Can you defend interfering with child custody?

According to the 2016 Florida Statutes, interference with custody occurs when a person knowingly or recklessly takes or entices a minor or incompetent person from that person's lawful custodian without legal consent. Taking a child or dependent and concealing that person from his or her lawful parent or guardian with malicious intent is also considered to be interference with child custody.

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