As someone who is involved, or who may soon find yourself involved, in a Florida child custody case, you may begin hearing the term, “best interests of the child,” tossed around frequently, but you may not fully understand what it means or how it may impact your custody case. At the Law Office of Cheryl Bucker, P.A., we understand that the “best interests of the child” often play a significant role in child custody decisions. We have helped many people facing similar circumstances understand the concept and demonstrate how certain living situations would, in fact, be in their child’s best interests.
When you file for divorce in Florida, the judge presiding over the case will issue a child custody order in the final divorce settlement. Whether you came to a parenting agreement amicably through mediation or the judge determined the custody schedule for you, you are bound to the orders presented in the settlement. The situation, however, may change through the years and your child custody arrangement may need to be altered to adapt to life circumstances. How do you know when it is time to modify your child custody agreement?
Almost everyone in Florida and elsewhere makes a New Year’s resolution at the beginning of each year. Whether your goal this year is to get fit, to become more productive or something else, there is nothing wrong with making improvements in your life. At the Law Office of Cheryl Bucker, P.A., we also know that it can benefit you and your loved ones to make positive goals after a divorce.
If you are a Florida parent looking forward to your post-divorce life, be aware that you cannot just pick up and leave if you decide to move somewhere else. Per Section 61.13001 of the Florida Statutes, you cannot move more than 50 miles from your current residence without court approval.
Filing for divorce is often an overwhelming and emotional process, especially when there are children involved. In some cases, the judge presiding over the case will grant sole-physical custody to the parent who provided the most care for the child during the marriage. Yet, studies show that a joint-parent situation may be more beneficial to children as they grow and develop. The study published in the Journal of Family Psychology shows that children who grow up with divorced parents fair better when they spend a significant amount of time with both their mother and father.
Now that they are in the midst of the holiday season, many Florida parents will need to decide how to divide their time with the children. Many parents may want to spend as much time as possible with their kids, so it is a good idea to have a holiday schedule.
When sharing custody or visitation with someone else, it is natural to be concerned with the fairness of your time with your children. Although individual Parenting Plans may vary, child custody and visitation orders set forth your rights as a parent. You deserve to enjoy this time as a family.
Any divorce is difficult for children to cope with. High-conflict divorces in particular can have particularly harsh emotional and psychological implications for children.
When parents are going through the divorce process, one of the big priorities they often have is to protect their children’s future.
Florida is not among the states in the U.S. that make a presumption of equal time when it comes to creating parenting plans in divorce. The Legislature approved such a measure several years ago, but the governor vetoed it. His reason for the action was that adopting the premise runs the risk of prioritizing the wants of parents over the best interests of the children.