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Budgeting for child support

The state of Florida takes child support very seriously. According to the Florida Department of Revenue, employers are even required to withhold support money from the noncustodial parent's paycheck if there is a court order. If that parent does not report a new job, or fails to make his or her payments, there are several possible consequences. Failure to pay could result in license suspension, liens on property, wage garnishment or even incarceration. Parents who continue not to pay their support in full may be denied certain privileges, such as obtaining a passport or holding a business license.

Preparing children for a move after divorce

While divorce brings a myriad of changes, perhaps one of the most significant for children is a move. Whether the relocation is across town or to a different state, most children feel as if their lives are being torn apart. According to Kids Health, involving the kids in the process as much as possible may help make the transition a little easier. Whenever possible, children in Florida should be taken to see their new surroundings, including the home itself, before the move takes place. They should also be kept informed of the upcoming changes well before they occur, so they do not feel surprised and betrayed when the move takes place.

Explaining custody to young children

Divorce is a confusing time for children. Their lives are about to change dramatically, and they often do not understand the causes. Parents have the difficult task of helping their children understand why the change is taking place, as well as how their lives will be affected.  Whether the parents and the court decide on sole custody or timesharing, it is important for the children to have a basic understanding of what their new schedule will look like. 

Factors to consider before relocating

Divorced parents with minor children in the state of Florida should be aware of the state's relocation laws in order to protect their rights. According to The Florida Bar, the state generally looks favorably upon relocation. A custodial parent may relocate with the children if the move is determined to be beneficial for the parent and, by extension, the children. However, the courts do consider the motives of the relocating parent. If it is determined that the parent is moving in order to impede the other parent's contact with the children, the courts may deny the relocation request.

Tips for effective Timesharing

When a divorce takes place in Florida, one of the most pressing issues to resolve is custody of the children. While in some cases each spouse may feel more qualified than the other, most courts prefer a timesharing plan, in which the children alternate between parents. In fact, according to helpguide.org, timesharing provides many emotional benefits for children whose parents have divorced. First, children learn how to deal with conflict and disagreement when they see their parents cooperating to create a joint parenting plan. They also benefit from the emotional stability of consistent contact with each parent, rather than potentially feeling rejected by one or the other.

Single parenting after divorce

Divorce is a season of transition. The shift in the core family structure creates a dramatic change in daily schedules and routine. For the parent in Florida raising children during and after divorce, the task of parenting solo may seem daunting, but there is hope. Divorcees can learn how to be successful single parents with time and effort. According to Modern Parenting, there are some potential road blocks that single parents should be aware of as they enter into this new phase of life. First, it is essential to be prepared for the negative actions of others. Whether it be a former spouse who is uncooperative, or other people who are unsupportive of the divorce, a single parent must recognize that the negative opinions of others are not typically helpful or necessary. It may be wise to maintain a healthy distance from negative influences during this emotionally turbulent time.

Paternity rights for unmarried fathers

Historically, fathers in Florida and elsewhere have had a more difficult time establishing child custody and visitation rights than their female counterparts. The battle often becomes more complicated when the child's parents were not married. In the case of an unmarried father who wishes to maintain regular contact with his children, ABC Action News offers several important points to remember. First, paying child support to the mother does not automatically guarantee visitation rights with the child. In fact, even a spoken agreement between the adults regarding timesharing is usually not a sufficient guarantee. The dynamic between the adults may change over time; therefore, it is best to have a court order to guarantee visitation rights. Additionally, unmarried fathers must prove their paternity in order to have any rights regarding the child. In this situation, the court may determine paternity. A man's signature on the child's birth certificate is not sufficient proof in the event of child custody cases.

Grandparents’ visitation rights in Florida

The process of divorce complicates many family relationships, including the connection between children and their grandparents. The state of Florida currently does not have extensive laws allowing for grandparents’ visitation privileges, but the Sun Sentinel explains that a recent law has granted limited rights to grandparents in certain situations. However, more could be done to protect the relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren during the turbulent time of divorce.

Understanding parenting plans for minor children after divorce

When parents of minor children dissolve their marriage, the state of Florida requires both parties to create a unified parenting plan. This is a written document that specifies how the parents will share the responsibilities of caring for their children. According to the Florida legislature, the court may supply a parenting plan coordinator to offer suggestions and insight if the parents are unable to agree on a plan between themselves.

Child support determinations in Florida

If you are getting divorced in Florida and you have one or more minor children, one of the many concerns you may well have is how you can continue to financially support your children. Whether you are the parent who is required to pay support or you are the parent who will receive support, understanding how the state of Florida determines child support will be important for you to know.

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