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Handling the death of your spouse before your divorce is final

When a person dies in the midst of a divorce, the spouse left behind can have a multitude of conflicting emotions. Besides that, the widow or widower is often dealing with the expectations of others and the deceased spouse's new significant other.

Even things like what to call yourself, how to refer to your deceased spouse and how to explain your unique situation to those you meet and date can be challenging. Are you a widow or a divorcee? Do you call the person your late wife or your ex-wife? Many people don't feel comfortable with any of those words.

Factors Judges Consider for Child Custody Determinations - Part 2

This 20 part series tracks what Judges are required to consider when making child custody and parenting plan determinations to help parents focus on what is relevant to the Judge to effectively present their divorce, paternity or modification case. 

Factor #2:  Judges need to consider the anticipated division of parental responsibilities after the litigation, including the extent to which parental responsibilities will be delegated to third parties when making child custody determinations. 

General parental responsibilities that are considered by the Court include getting the child ready in the morning or preparing the child for bed at night; transporting the child to and from school or daycare; helping the child with his or her homework; making meals for the child; signing the child up and transporting the child to extracurricular activities; taking care of the child's medical needs, etc.

Establishing paternity and the benefits for your child

When considering paternity, parents often think about the benefits for themselves. For example, one parent may want the right to seek child support or get visitation rights, and establishing official paternity can make that possible.

However, it's important to remember that there are also some serious benefits for the child. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

Factors Judges Consider for Child Custody Determinations - Part 1

This 20 part series tracks the roadmap that Judges are required to consider when making child custody and parenting plan determinations to help parents focus on what is relevant to the Judge to effectively present their divorce, paternity or modification case to the Court.

Factor #1: The Judge needs to consider the demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship, to honor the time-sharing schedule, and to be reasonable when changes are required.

The Court desires that you demonstrate that you love your child more than you hate or dislike the other parent of your child. The point is to show the Judge that you are capable of putting the needs of your child first. If the other parent is not capable of doing so, then document the other parent's actions in a journal so that you do not forget...

Tips for explaining custody arrangements to kids during divorce

If you are divorcing and your parenting plan includes shared custody, your children need to understand what that means for them. Below are some suggestions for explaining to the kids how the changes will affect them.

As hard as it may be, it's best for both parents to break the news together to the kids. Be non-judgmental but accessible, and be prepared to answer concrete questions they will have about the changes they face.

Parents and concerns about their child’s future

A child’s likelihood of future success can be influenced by a variety of factors. Among the things that have the potential to impact these factors are the actions and conduct of their parents.

So, one thing parents might be very focused on is what they can do to try to best put their child on the path to future success.

When a person desires to adopt a relative

All kinds of unique situations can come up within a family. Sometimes, situations arise which lead a person to want to adopt one of their relatives.

Here in Florida, there are special rules related to relative adoptions. Under these rules, such adoptions are subject to a simplified process and are exempt from some of the requirements that typically have to be met in adoptions.

Divorce will eventually lead to property division questions

When you decide to move forward with divorce, you know that there will come a time when you have to discuss matters of property division.

The division of marital assets is easier said than done, as both parties will fight for what they believe is theirs.

Divorce mediation: The process

Many divorcing couples decide that mediation would be in their best interest. This is in contrast to litigation in which both parties work through their issues in court.

There are many benefits of mediation, including the ability to save both time and money.

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