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How marijuana use can affect child custody outcomes

In Florida and across the nation, the best way to approach marijuana use continues to be debated. While more and more states are taking action to legalize use of the drug for medical or recreational use, the matter is far from settled. For parents, any use of marijuana can bring on a range of child custody problems, and it is important to understand how the courts have come down on the matter in recent years.

Post- divorce summers can be hard on kids

In many cases, Florida families who go through divorce will end up with a custody schedule in which one parent has the bulk of parenting time during the school year, while the other has a long period of visitation during the summer months. While this arrangement is usually made in an effort to give kids the chance to bond with their non-custodial parent, the end result can be stressful for everyone. It is important to monitor how kids are adjusting to summer transitions after a divorce, and to take steps to reduce stress.

Compartmentalization can aid family law stress

When a Florida spouse is going through a divorce, a high level of stress is a common outcome. The demands of divorce, both emotional and legal, can make it seem as though the family law process has permeated every aspect of one's life. This can lead to feelings of hopelessness, and the sense that the matter will stretch on indefinitely.

CDC says more children being born to unmarried and cohabitating couples

In previous decades, societal norms dictated that men and women marry before having children. Those women, who did have children out of wedlock, often did so alone and were forced to raise a child as a single parent. Today, there's been a major shift in how couples in the U.S. view and approach marriage.

Child custody basics for Florida parents

For any parent, a child's happiness and overall wellbeing are paramount. While all parents want what's ultimately best for a child, when it comes to divorce or separation, opinions related to those matters may differ greatly. In cases where parents are embroiled in disputes related to child custody and visitation, it's wise to consult with an attorney who can provide legal guidance and assistance.

Helping parents find child custody solutions

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the U.S. divorce rate continues to hover between 40 and 50 percent. Additionally, statistics from January 2015 reveal that nearly 41 percent of babies born in the U.S. are born to unmarried women. These numbers translate into a record number of U.S. children who either have divorced parents or parents who were never married.

A closer look at child support enforcement

In cases where parents are separated or divorced, matters related to child support can be complicated. On the one hand, some parents don't receive the child support they deserve and depend on from a former partner or spouse. At the same time, child support payees may believe that their child support obligations are too high or may struggle to make monthly payments after losing a job.

Pilar Sanders jailed for violating parenting schedule

Many Florida readers will recall the bitter and lengthy divorce between former NFL star Deion Sanders and his wife Pilar Sanders. The couple fought at length over the custody of their three children. In the end, Deion was given full custody rights, with Pilar granted visitation. The pair were back in court again recently, when Pilar failed to adhere to the parenting schedule laid out by the court.

Child custody matters require individualized approach

When a married couple makes the decision to end a marriage, the process of untangling two intertwined lives can be complicated and emotionally taxing. Individuals who are going through a divorce may feel overwhelmed by the process. It's important, therefore, to have an attorney who is compassionate and knowledgeable and who can provide advice and assist in the divorce settlement process.

Can I relocate with my child after a divorce?

As we all know, life is full of changes. New jobs and relationships -- or simply the desire for a fresh start -- can result in Florida residents wishing to pack up and move to different states. While most people can do this easily and at their own free will, the same is not true if a child custody order is in place.

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