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How child custody and visitation differ from one another

Some Florida parents may have visitation rights to their children after a divorce, but this is not the same as custody and may not give them the right to have their children live with them. Visitation refers to a person's right to time with his or her children. A common visitation arrangement might involve a child spending every other weekend and one weeknight with the noncustodial parent.

How parents can curtail underage drinking for spring break

Florida is a haven for thousands of college students every year who want to unwind for spring break. The issue has gotten so bad that one Florida sheriff's department began keeping a tally of all the underage drinking arrests. So far in 2018, Mississippi State leads the ranking. 

Resolving child custody disputes in divorce

When Florida parents decide to divorce or end their personal relationship, one major priority is often ensuring that their relationship with their children is not a casualty of that same choice. This means that child custody issues can be among the most contentious aspects of the end of a marriage, particularly when both parents have been active in their children's' lives. In making decisions about child custody, family courts have a responsibility to prioritize the best interests of the children on multiple levels, including economic stability, health and education.

How fathers may get custody of their children

Some fathers in Florida who are going through a divorce might wonder whether they can get full physical custody of their children. Traditionally, courts have awarded custody to mothers. Furthermore, there is some stigma attached to divorced fathers as deadbeat dads or otherwise being uninvolved in their children's lives. However, there are still things fathers can do to increase the likelihood that they will be awarded physical custody.

Financial issues of later-in-life divorce

Over the past 25 years, the divorce rate for people over the age of 50 in Florida and across the country has more than doubled, and studies indicate that this number is continuing to rise. When people consider a divorce later in life, they face all the same challenges that all people do upon the end of a marriage, including emotional, practical and financial concerns. For people divorcing later in life, however, the financial aspects can be particularly complex, especially if the couple has been married for a number of years and accumulated assets together.

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