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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.

What can you do if your ex-spouse won't follow court orders?

If your ex-husband or wife is not complying with custody orders, there is a cause for concern. Instead of waiting to see what happens, you can turn to the court and file a motion for civil contempt and enforcement. When you file this document, you need to show what the other party failed to do and then have that claim notarized. Your attorney can help you prepare the motion for civil contempt and enforcement, so it's filled out appropriately.

Co-parenting efforts make their way through the states

If you're a father, one of the things you may worry about is if you will get a fair share of time with your child following a divorce. In the past, there were laws that helped women get more time with their children, but that isn't the case today.

Fighting for custody: Moms may need to fight harder today

Custody is a serious concern for parents who go through a separation or divorce. With traditional roles shifting, there is a concern, particularly among mothers, that it will be harder for them to obtain custody. Women are increasingly likely to have to choose between a career or spending more time with their children. Depending on the way the home was during the marriage, that can lead to mothers who are breadwinners fighting for custody against fathers who were stay-at-home parents. The role reversal is something some women aren't prepared for.

How can you make the most of interstate custody arrangements?

Interstate custody arrangements are complicated, but they aren't impossible. As a parent who wants to live in another state but who also only has visitation rights, you want to be sure you can be with your child as much as possible. If you move away, you think you may not get the time you've been awarded.

Grandparent alienation can cause trouble among famillies

Though grandparents don't have all the same rights as parents when it comes to custody, losing the right to see their grandchildren can be a devastating effect of divorce. It's particularly common for the grandparents on the noncustodial side of the family to see their grandchildren less; there is less time for them to share with the children, and if the estranged spouse of their son or daughter doesn't want them to have time, it's easy not to allow for any extra visitation.

Woman fights for custody after being considered egg donor

If you and your partner decide to have a child with a third donor, you may believe that your child will still be considered yours in divorce. The problem is that certain laws restrict the parental rights of donors. If you donate an egg, for instance, to your spouse and have it implanted using another donor's sperm, it could be argued that the only true parent of the child with legal rights is the person who gives birth.

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