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Parental responsibility: Being conscious about co-parenting

Divorce doesn't need to impact children negatively as was the belief held many decades ago. In fact, in terms of Florida parents' parental responsibility to their kids, it may be more of a detriment to their children to stay in an unhappy, angst-filled marriage for the sake of their offspring. Just because a marriage is over doesn't mean a family has to end as well, and when a couple makes a concerted effort to positively co-parent their children, it's a win-win situation. 

Parental responsibility: When does the legal obligation end?

Parents never stop loving their children no matter how old they or their children get. But in terms of parental responsibility, there does come a time when most Florida parents are no longer legally obligated to their children, at least in most instances. Parents do have a legal obligation to provide support for their minor children until they reach 18 years of age.

Bird nesting shows heightened parental responsibility

Some parents have decided to have the children stay in the family home after their marriages end. Parental responsibility takes on a new meaning in certain divorce situations in Florida where the children actually stay put and their parents have separate apartments. If it is financially feasible, experts say the children benefit from this sort of situation. The parents are the ones who share the home with the children on a rotating basis and move their things in and out when they leave.

Military parents have options when it comes to visitation

Children whose parents are in the military are likely used to change. Yet the one constant military parents want for their children is to be able to offer them their time on a regular basis. When a parent is in the military ironing out a visitation schedule for a noncustodial parent is paramount to ensuring children have positive relationships with both parents.

Parental responsibility: Child custody in polyamorous situations

The definition of family today differs greatly from decades ago. Still, no matter what relationships people are in, as parents, the parental responsibility still exists to do what is in the best interests of their children, and that also holds true in respect to custodial situations. Florida residents who are in polyamorous relationships may find themselves in sticky situations should they decide to break ties with one or more partners who may have a vested interest in the children.

Parental responsibility: Putting off divorce for kids not wise

Putting off divorce for the kids' sake may not be the wisest move. In exercising parental responsibility, Florida parents have to weigh in on what is in the best interests of their children, and that may be not remaining together as a couple. Putting divorce on hold for the kids' sake may not be what is best for them at all, especially if they're living in a world of animosity, hostility and anger.

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.

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