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Relocation of children after a divorce in Florida

When a parent who has custody of a child after divorce decides to relocate, it could be tough on everyone. Children are creatures of habit and as such, don't take highly to change, so relocation for them may be particularly unsettling whatever the reasons may be for the move. When a custodial parent in Florida makes that decision, there are some requirements that should be seen to before relocation can happen.

Parental responsibility: Minimizing divorce effects on kids

When it's over, it's over, but that doesn't mean it's easy on anyone involved, particularly for children. Divorce isn't as ugly a word as it used to be decades ago, yet it still comes with the parental responsibility of putting the children first. Even in the best circumstances, some children in Florida can suffer long-lasting effects of their parents' divorce. 

Parental responsibility: Pluses and pitfalls of joint custody

There are good aspects and less than stellar aspects when separating parents have legal joint custody of their children. When it comes to parental responsibility in Florida, parents who have joint legal custody both have a say legally in making decisions for their children. Some of those decisions can include health care, religious affiliations and education. Legal and physical custody are two different entities, however, in that physical custody means the children live primarily with one parent, while the other has visitation with them even though they may both have joint legal custody.

Child custody: Keeping children out of the conversation

Emotions may be out of control during a divorce situation. But no matter how angry or hurt parents are at each other, they must make it a priority when it comes to keeping children out of the conversation regarding divorce and custody matters. Divorcing Florida parents are best served by not putting their children in the middle of their problems. Children may already be feeling the pain of their parents splitting up and adding to that pain by involving them in issues they shouldn't be involved in is not in their best interests.

Right of first refusal expands parental responsibility

Divorcing parents face many challenges. Of course, the most difficult adjustment may be having time with one's children limited to a set schedule. This can be especially frustrating if the parents do not share equal parental responsibility but instead end up with an arrangement where one parent has custody and the other has time-sharing rights. When this is the case, many parents do not realize there is an option they can request in their custody arrangements that may offer them additional time with the children.

Child custody and parental responsibility

Divorce is a fact of life for many Florida couples. Property is divided, debts are addressed and each individual begins life independent of the other. However, when children are involved, each individual still has parental responsibility that often require them to work together for the benefit of the children.

Blac Chyna fans question her sense of parental responsibility

Florida fans of reality TV are not usually surprised when personalities on their favorite shows are caught acting out in their personal lives. It may be difficult to discern real life from the contrived scenes and conflicts they see during weekly episodes. However, when children are in the middle of disputes and outbursts, viewers may begin to question how seriously a reality star is taking his or her parental responsibility.

Addicted parents may be unable to handle parental responsibility

A welcome change in child custody laws in Florida and across the country includes the move toward more equitable parenting plans. However, when one parent is not fit to deal with parental responsibility, the courts may decide to intervene. This typically happens in the face of evidence that a parent is abusing drugs or alcohol.

Parental responsibility in blended families takes its toll

Since the coining of the term "blended family," stepfamily advocates have sought to bring out the best in the very difficult task of uniting a married couple with the children of their spouses. Each blended family has its own unique dynamic, and the assimilation of two worlds into one often seems like an impossible goal. In fact, divorce experts claim that when parental responsibility includes stepchildren, the result may lead to many Florida divorces at the beginning of each new year.

Child custody analysts debate sharing parental responsibility

One of the more positive trends in family law from the past year is the increasing acceptance of shared parenting. While Florida's attempt to pass applicable legislation was not successful, over 20 states are now entertaining bills that could make equal parental responsibility the legal presumption in child custody cases. Such a trend mostly affects fathers, who have traditionally been reduced to the role of a visitor after a contentious divorce. While fathers' rights groups applaud the shift, some factions are still reluctant to support legislation.

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