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Tips for getting the most out of your time with the kids

You know that the time you spend with your children is important. You know that studies have linked it to behavior patterns, academic performance and things of this nature. After your divorce, you also know that you will have less time with the kids than you did before, so you want to make the most out of it.

Don't let divorce guilt change your rules for your child

When you get divorced as a parent, you may be tempted to let the rules go. After all, you feel like you dragged the child through the divorce. Sure, the child custody arrangement keeps both you and your ex involved in your child's life, but you know it's not the same. You feel bad about that, even if you're glad you got divorced on a personal level.

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.

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