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Children really do value both parents

Typically, courts these days assume that children should get to see both parents. Even in divorce, both parents should stay involved. That may not mean that child custody gets split up perfectly evenly, but gone are the days when the courts would vastly prefer one parent over the other. They recognize the value in the relationships with both mothers and fathers.

Should your child custody plan offer extended summer vacation?

While many child custody schedules simply split the time up equally between both parents -- the kids spend every other week at a different parent's house, for instance -- it is sometimes important to think outside of the box and consider more creative ways to set up the schedule.

Divorcing parents: Maintain a strong relationship with your kids

One of the most important considerations in a Florida child custody suit relates to which parent served as the primary caretaker during marriage. This is the parent who will hold more weight in the litigation process, and, ultimately, the court will probably side with this parent when it comes time to render a decision. Some parents may have two primary caretakers and the court might award joint physical custody. Other parents could have one parent who clearly provided for the majority of the children's daily care needs.

3 situations that could result in a parent losing custody

There are certain situations in which a parent's child custody rights could be challenged. Whether you're the parent who could lose custody or not, it's important to understand when a court may choose to protect the welfare of a child by removing the mother or father's ability to raise, spend time with and care for a son or daughter.

When should parents avoid joint physical custody arrangements?

There's a lot of talk these days about the numerous advantages of joint physical custody arrangements for both parents and their children. These arrangements involve the children living half the time with one parent and half the time with the other. Although it might seem like it's difficult for a child to have two homes, in fact, child and family psychologists agree that the benefits outweigh the difficulties as the children will get to spend as much time as they can with both sides of their family.

This is how to prepare for your child custody hearing

It's normal to feel jittery and nervous before a child custody hearing. There are a few things you can do, however, to calm your nerves -- such as getting as prepared as possible before your trial. Here are some tips that we give to our clients before their child custody hearings so that they're as fully prepared as possible:

A custody modification could help you see your kids more often

Child custody disputes are some of the most complicated proceedings because they're not something that can be resolved without hurting someone involved. Whether it's a child who hears their parents argue or parents who feel slighted, it's normal for someone to feel they're getting less than they're entitled to.

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