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Does a single mom have to name dad on birth certificate?

Not all birth certificates include the name of the child's father. Many people in Florida may believe that it is a parental responsibility to name the father; however, what many people don't know is that the father has to be in agreement with his name being on a birth certificate if the couple aren't married. He also has to sign the certificate on which he's named.

Parental responsibility: Dealing with parenting plan changes

The old adage "change is the only constant" is very true in many regards. Parenting plans of divorced Florida parents and the parental responsibility that comes with these plans are essential for the well-being of children alternating between two households. These parenting plans often need to be modified in keeping up with life changing and growing children.

Parental responsibility: Divorcing without scarring the kids

Children are very receptive to emotions, and many are like little sponges soaking up the energy around them. Parental responsibility when Florida couples are divorcing is for each parent to act in a civil way around the other so that, even though the marriage has come to an end, children still feel like they're part of a family. There are ways in which to act so that divorce doesn't leave life-long emotional scars on kids.

Parental responsibility: Kids and divorce myths

No one wants pity, not even children. It is then the parental responsibility of Florida parents who are divorcing to show their children that divorce does not mean the end of their family, but a shift in how the family will function. There are still some hush-hush aspects to divorce in society, especially when children are involved. Some people feel sorry for kids of divorce -- perhaps not as often as they did decades ago -- but divorce is still often a taboo subject, which may hurt children, especially when they feel they can't talk to their friends or others about what's going on in their lives and how they feel about it.

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.

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