Tampa residents who have been through or are in the middle of a child custody battle understand the emotional toll the proceedings can take. A court is left to determine what is in your child's best interest, and it can be difficult to relinquish control. The decision will determine the amount of time you spend with your child, whether you have physical or legal custody, and will greatly impact your future.
Too often couples considering divorce think that divorce is as simple as signing a piece of paper. While it may seem that way in Hollywood, in real life, divorce is a much more complex process. This is even more true for high-asset couples with complex estates. To expedite the process, however, there are a number of things that couples can do to prepare before any papers are ever drafted. The following are tips for Florida couples considering divorce.
Single parents in Florida face unique challenges when raising a child alone. Commonly, financial issues can consume a majority of their time. Most troubling for some single parents are missed or unpaid child support payments. When an ex-spouse, or the other parent, has been ordered by a court to make child support payments, but fails to pay, finances can be difficult if not impossible to manage.
Florida parents who are owed support for their children understand the frustration and difficulty of missed payments. Lack of financial support can be detrimental to relationships and place a heavy financial burden on a single parent with custody. In some cases, parents have to take multiple jobs in order to stay afloat.
Child custody disputes come in many different forms, and affect both straight and gay couples who have children. Tampa residents may have read about a case in which the Florida Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a child custody dispute between two lesbians.
Florida couples who seek arrangements such as surrogates, egg and sperm donation and other modern options available to become a parent should consider how parenting will be affected if they split. A recent case in another state serves as an illustration of how child custody can be complicated in situations where biological and genetic parenthood is at issue.
In an ideal situation, the amount of child support one parent must pay is determined, and that parent makes the required child support payments on time. Unfortunately, sometimes parents are late on child support payments. In that case, the other parent will have to turn to local authorities for enforcement of child support. In one case, authorities determined a local man owes millions in support payments..
Family courts in Florida are guided by the principle that all children should benefit from the presence of two parents in their lives. Kids need both parents to be involved in explaining how child custody arrangements following a divorce will affect everyone in the family
Floridian men who wish to confirm whether they have fathered children may someday have a convenient option available for DNA testing. A mobile testing facility providing fast tests for determining paternity, which is highly relevant in child support determinations, currently roams the streets of New York and may inspire others elsewhere in the United States.
Florida residents, and everyone else in the country, followed the Katie Holmes-Tom Cruise split closely. Last week a New York judge finalized their divorce.