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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shared parenting is becoming more widely accepted in Florida family courts and across the country. What used to be known as joint custody has been given a more positive name to promote the positive aspects of sharing parental responsibility. The concept of parenting as partners after a divorce may seem difficult to some, but encouraging evidence pointing out the benefit to children may be enough to dispel some of the common misconceptions surrounding shared parenting.
With the Thanksgiving holiday just days away, divorced parents may be concerned about how to fairly divide time with their children. Although the main event may be Thursday's dinner, many families have traditions that flow through the weekend. In fact, by extending the celebration through Sunday, Florida parents may have a better opportunity for a more equal sharing of parental responsibility.
A new lawsuit has been filed in another state which alleges that federal law was violated in an Indian tribal court. According to the suit, the state's department of human services, as well as the county in which the suit was filed, sent child custody cases to a tribal court despite the fact that both parents had not consented to do so, resulting in the relocation of the child to a reservation. Although this case was not filed in Florida, the state has many Native American parents, and parents who are married to Native Americans who may be interested in the outcome.