Last week, this Florida legal blog introduced the topic of physical custody. Physical custody is just one of the types of child custody that a parent may fight for when they go through a divorce or otherwise create a parenting plan with their child's other parent. This week's post will discuss the topic of legal custody and, as always, readers are asked to seek their own legal advice for their pending custody issues, as this blog does not provide legal guidance.
A child custody case can resolve in a unique arrangement of time-sharing and parental cooperation to ensure that a Florida child spends sufficient time with each of their parents and that their parents are both involved in their life. However, in some cases a parent may be denied custodial power of their child. This denial can apply to both their rights to physical and legal custody. Physical custody refers to where a child physically resides, while legal custody is the right to make important decisions for a child, including those involving education and medical treatment.
After a Florida divorce it is not uncommon for the parties to hope that their transitions into single life will be smooth. While some people may easily be able to start over and establish strong footing on which to move their lives forward, others may struggle to work out the challenges that appear in the wake of their ended marriages. Many post-divorce challenges can stem from the divorced parties' children and issues related to their custody.
While child custody can understandably be top of mind for many parents, as life changes another concern that may be top of mind is parental relocation and parental relocation laws. When a custodial parent needs to relocate with a child, it can cause disruption and disputes and raise serious concerns related to child custody for that family.
Establishing a child custody arrangement can be challenging for divorcing parents. In Florida, shared custody child custody arrangements are preferred. Recent research supports that shared custody child custody arrangements are best for children. A recent study revealed that having a strong relationship with both parents has the strongest impact on the likelihood that the child's future will be healthy and happy following divorce.
Life rarely remains the same following a divorce and the establishment of a child custody arrangement. Though child custody and visitation issues may be resolved, and a parenting plan established, changes down the road may create the need for a child custody modification. Post-divorce modifications may also apply to other concerns, such as child support, as well.
It's back-to-school time for children in Florida. Some of them have already started the school year, while others will be starting soon. However, for children whose parents divorced during the summer, going back to school can present new challenges.
One of the hardest choices divorcing parents face is how to structure child custody. Those experienced in family law know that there are many ways to set things up. Having options is usually a good thing, but having too many can be just frustrating. Whatever elements wind up being part of a final plan, Florida law has one clear objective -- .
Have you heard the term "Culture Shock?" It came to prominence in the 1950s, courtesy of a Canadian anthropologist. He coined it to refer to the anxiety he observed resulting from "losing all our familiar signs and symbols of social intercourse."
Change is a part of life. There is no way around it. When a change of circumstances occurs, you just have to do all that you can to make the best of it. For some parents in Florida and elsewhere, sometimes change means the need to relocate. If you are dealing with a child custody order, relocation can be a tricky thing.