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Parenting well means getting on the same page after divorce

Joint custody is often what judges want to see in a child custody arrangement. Unless there is a situation where abuse is possible, it's typically in the best interests of children to see both of their parents following the end of a marriage.

What happens when you divorce with children?

Any time two people divorce but have children, the children have to come first. In a divorce, nothing is as important as determining child custody. It's necessary to decide where the child or children will live, who will take care of the child and when and how to support the child in those circumstances.

Serving a spouse for divorce isn't always easy

Divorces aren't always easy. There is a step during which the other party has to be served with the divorce documents. If you're still in touch, that's not very difficult. However, if you were in an abusive relationship or no longer know where your spouse is, it's nearly impossible to serve the documents.

Avoid these mistakes with your kids during divorce

Divorced parents could make many mistakes when raising their children, but it's important to do what you can to prevent some of the most significant. For example, if you have older children, you may feel you can lean on them during your divorce. The reality is that doing so could hurt your children and is a bad idea. You don't ever want to suggest taking sides or making a child feel he or she is burdened with taking care of your or your spouse.

Relocation: You have rights if you want to relocate

When a parent needs to relocate but has a child with his or her ex-spouse, it can make it hard to do so without changing custody arrangements. That doesn't always go well, depending on the concerns of the other parent. No parent has a right to take a child to a new home or location without consent, unless there is a release from the court.

Determining custody: Understanding Florida law

Child custody arrangements are an important step to complete for the safety and health of your child after divorce. You want to dictate who has your child when and be able to describe your time sharing and responsibilities clearly. Doing this now makes it easier if you need to dispute a problem in the future.

Focusing on your kids during divorce reduces tension

Your children watch what you do all the time. They may even mimic your actions or the actions of their other parent. Now that you're going through a divorce, you're concerned about this. You want to make sure that your child isn't scarred by this chance in circumstances.

The right custody arrangements support everyone's schedules

A divorce is hard on everyone, but it's particularly difficult for children. As parents who want to share custody, you want to make sure you get enough time with your children while still attending to their needs and their schedules.

When can you seek custody modifications?

When you're raising your child, there are times when it can become overwhelming. Maybe you change jobs or you end up in a situation where your child doesn't have the life you want him or her to have. If during a divorce you decide to allow the other parent to obtain greater custody rights because of your current life choices or position, that doesn't mean you never have a right to seek more time with your child.

Should parents create a parenting plan together?

It's the current Floridian policy to make sure that children maintain contact between both parents after the parents separate or get a divorce. Parents are encouraged to work together to make this happen and to continue to raise their child in an amicable manner. It's in the child's best interests, in most cases, to have continuing contact with his or her parents.

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