Divorce can be tough on children. After all, many marriage dissolutions turn into disputes about where children are going to live and who will make important life decisions for those children. Although these discussions sometimes occur behind closed doors, in other cases parents are unable to keep their emotions away from their children. This can have a tremendous impact on a child's emotional well-being for a significant time.
When it comes to child custody, the law tends to favor a child's mother. For example, custody is presumed to lie with a child's mother when that child is born out of wedlock. But even married men can feel at a disadvantage when they seek child custody or visitation rights during the divorce settlement process. As discouraging as that may be, fathers in Florida should think about aggressively pursuing their legal rights, as doing so may lead to better outcomes for their children.
As we have discussed previously on this blog, the standard applied by the courts in child custody and visitation matters is the child's best interest. This is a subjective standard, thereby leaving the matter open to legal argument. This is both good news and bad news. It's good since it gives every Florida parent the ability to create legal arguments to demonstrate why they believe their position best supports their child's best interests, but it's also bad news because it can be difficult for these individuals to know how to build these arguments. With one's very relationship with his or her child on the line, Floridians shouldn't leave the issue to chance.
Getting divorced can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. While property division and alimony can present challenges that can be difficult to overcome, Floridians who have children may find that their divorce is even more emotionally trying. After all, the outcome of a child support and/or visitation dispute can shape the relationship an individual will have with his or her child. This is why these parents need to do everything they can to protect what they believe is in their child's best interests. This will be the standard that the judge handling one's case will use to base his or her decision.
Having a child can be one of life's greatest joys. Yet, Floridians often find themselves dealing with legal issues that threaten their relationship with their children and their ability to adequately provide for them. Sadly, fathers' rights are often threatened through these processes. When a child is born out of wedlock, women are generally considered a child's custodial parent. Women are sometimes favored with regard to custody arrangements during the divorce process. However, regardless of one's gender, it is important to understand the basic legalities of paternity, as it can have a profound impact on child custody and child support matters throughout the course of a child's life.
Child custody and co-parenting issues can be amongst the most fought over legal issues in a divorce. Sadly, when parents can't come to an agreement regarding these issues the matter is left to a judge to make important decisions. This means that an individual who knows very little about the parties and the child will make living and visitation arrangements that can completely reshape a child's relationship with his or her child. For this reason, it is advisable to seek a peaceful resolution to these matters outside of court if at all possible.
Recently, on this blog, we talked about the effect of parental substance abuse on children and role it can play in child custody determinations. There is no denying that substance abuse can have a profound effect on children, forcing them to take on responsibilities that are far too mature for them and leaving them susceptible to abuse and neglect. This is unacceptable, which is why Floridians who find themselves facing a situation where a parent with substance abuse has access to a child may want to take legal action to restrict that access.
It is no secret that substance abuse continues its icy grip in Florida. Every day, seemingly functional people, are addicted to illicit substances. Their addictions can have long-lasting ramifications that can have a far reach. Perhaps none is more important than the effects parental drug use can have on a child. Understanding how substance abuse effects children can be important for many reasons, but perhaps chief amongst them is to better understand how the issue may affect child custody and visitation arrangements.
Divorce can be difficult for an individual for a variety of reasons. For some, the financial uncertainty that accompanies marriage dissolution can be stressful, but for others the effect of a divorce on their children is paramount. This is why Floridians put forth a lot of time and effort into securing child custody and visitation arrangements that they believe further their children's best interests. Yet, even once an agreement is reached or a judge issues a custody order, the matter can pop back up at any time, potentially leading to conflict.