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Looking ahead to the school year after divorce

Divorced parents in Florida might want to think about how they will deal with the transition of a new school year. After a divorce, this can be a good time to think about changes ahead. However, it's important to remember that two separate households could complicate things for the children involved.

Tips for positive co-parenting strategies after divorce

After a divorce, it is important for Florida parents to develop a new co-parenting relationship. If both parents put the children's interests first, co-parenting can be much easier. The children, in many cases, don't fully understand the disputes between their parents; they love both of them and want to support them. Except in instances of neglect or abuse, it is important to support involvement with the child's other parent.

Why parents agree to temporary custody orders

When parents in Florida choose to divorce or separate, it can have a significant impact on the children involved. Therefore, it's necessary to think about the kids' best interests throughout the separation process. In some cases, it isn't possible to determine immediately who should have permanent custody of a child. In these scenarios, a temporary custody order may be created.

Documentary explores race, poverty and child support

While many people are aware of the significant number of noncustodial parents who are behind on their child support obligations, the role of race and poverty on Florida fathers is often unexplored. A documentary called "Where's Daddy?" takes a look at the child support system and how it can affect the relationships between African American fathers and their children. In particular, the documentary aims to draw attention to the role poverty can play in creating delinquent parents. One study notes that 70 percent of all child support debt in the United States can be attributed to parents with no income or who make less than $10,000 annually.

Rights and responsibilities of the custodial parent

After parents get a divorce in Florida, one former spouse may become the custodial parent. This is the parent the child lives with most of the time even if the other parent has a significant amount of visitation time. This means the custodial parent is involved in the daily activities of the child such as encouraging hobbies, assisting with homework and helping the child through difficult emotional times. It also means that the child may direct negative emotions toward the custodial parent. This anger and frustration toward the parent is normal even though it can be hard for the parent to deal with.

More time for fathers leads to change in custody arrangements

With studies showing that children benefit from time with both parents after divorce, custody arrangements are changing. Parents in California might try a number of different configurations that focus on the best interests of the child and provide ample time for each parent with their children.

Shared parenting and the myths that won't die

When Florida parents split and the custody of their children has to be decided, the goal is always to do what is in the children's best interest. But some experts believe that traditional notions about what is best for children after a divorce are in contrast to what research has shown kids actually need. Borrowing terminology from literature and pop culture, a psychologist explains how myths about parenting after divorce continue to thrive despite real evidence to dispute them.

Child custody variations can adapt to family needs

For parents going through a divorce in Florida, the primary concern they may have is how to handle child custody. The thought of spending less time with one's children and developing a schedule with one's former partner can be overwhelming. However, parents can still attempt to reach a plan that protects the best interests of the children.

Going through a divorce with kids during the holidays

For Florida parents who are in the process of separating or divorcing, the holidays can be very difficult, especially for their children. As such, it is imperative that parents think about the well-being of their children when making decisions about how they will handle the holidays.

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