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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 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.

Some misconceptions about shared parenting

When Florida parents get a divorce, they might want to consider shared parenting as an option. Research indicates that in most cases, children do better in joint custody situations. However, there are a few misconceptions that are not backed up by research that might prevent people from seeking joint custody.

Tips for recognizing parental alienation syndrome

Some parents in Florida might have to contend with parental alienation syndrome. This can happen in any kind of custody and visitation arrangement and involves one parent turning the child against the other parent. It may occur when one parent suffers from a personality disorder, so a parent divorcing a person who has been diagnosed with personality disorders, particularly narcissistic or borderline, may want to be especially vigilant.

Factors that are correlated with higher divorce rates

Each year, a number of people in Florida file for divorce. While people do not get married with the idea that they will eventually get divorced, it still happens to a sizeable number of people. Multiple studies indicate that there are a number of factors that may predict the likelihood of getting divorced.

Most wage garnishments are the result of unpaid child support

Workers in Florida and around the country are more likely to have their paychecks garnished for delinquent child support payments than for any other reason according to a report released on Sept. 27 by ADP. Researchers studied the private payroll records of 12 million employees across the country, and they found that one in 14 American workers is subject to garnishments in general.

Shared parenting gains popularity

On Aug. 26, Florida residents celebrated Women's Equality Day with various civic events. Although it was originally declared by Congress as a celebration of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave American women the right to vote in 1920, it has been expanded to reflect upon issues of gender equality that still need to be resolved, particularly with relation to family legal issues.

The upside of a prenuptial agreement

While not everyone may understand what a prenuptial agreement is, it can be beneficial to Florida couples who are thinking about getting married. In some cases, just the process of talking about the issues may be worth going through because it forces each person to be open and honest about their finances. It also forces couples to communicate in an open and honest manner, which may strengthen their relationship.

Addressing a joint account after a divorce

Florida couples who are going through a divorce will need to negotiate the separation of assets as part of the process. For many people, the idea of separating assets is associated with wealth and property. However, even couples who might only have a joint account will have to go through the division process.

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