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Child custody can be complicated for disabled parents

Most custody cases are battles waged between parents, each wanting a greater share of time with their children. In some cases, however, a child custody case is between a parent and the state. When disabled parents face a child custody challenge, they are often at a disadvantage in the eyes of the court, in Florida and elsewhere. 

Radicalization comes into child custody and visitation case

Parents in Florida and elsewhere can take an aggressive stance in the midst of a custody battle. In some cases, however, the claims that one parent make against the other receive national attention. An example is found in a current child custody matter in which a mother claims that her son's father is radicalizing the boy.

Why did a judge rule on child custody case involving a rapist?

An unusual custody case has led to outrage in Florida and across the nation. A judge granted sole child custody rights to the mother, a 21-year-old woman. However, the court also named a 27-year-old man as the child's father. The child in question was conceived when that man raped the mother when she was just 12 years of age.

Parents face child custody case and criminal charges

In the vast majority of custody battles, the parties fall along predictable lines. Two Florida parents are unable to see eye-to-eye over the care and custody of a shared child or children, and they take the matter before a court. There are child custody cases, however, that do not fit this mold. An example is found in a couple facing both a child custody battle and criminal charges in connection with the death of their third child.

Child custody dispute led to parental abduction

Few things are more stressful to Florida parents than a bitter custody battle. That is especially true when one parent feels strongly that his or her child would be better off having no connection to the other parent. In such cases, a small number of parents consider fleeing with their child to avoid having to comply with a child custody determination. This, however, is always a poor decision, and can result in criminal charges and a full loss of child custody rights.

Don't forget college tuition during child custody negotiations

For many Florida parents, making sure that their child receives a college education is a top priority. During a divorce, however, that priority can be overlooked in favor of more pressing concerns. Unless college tuition and other expenses are specifically addressed in a divorce settlement and child custody agreement, parents have little recourse in securing assistance from their former partner when the time comes to begin writing checks.

Creative scheduling products can ease parental time-sharing

Managing a custody schedule can be a challenge for many Florida families, and it is easy for visitation exchanges to come in conflict with parental work schedules, school events and extracurricular activities. When time-sharing efforts begin to feel overwhelming, both parents and children suffer. One way to make things easier is by finding a scheduling solution that allows everyone to be on the same page when it comes to visitation.

Parents lose child custody over their perceived intelligence

When a Florida couple heads into court to fight a custody battle, they are usually on opposite sides of the matter. In some cases, however, both parents stand together to fight for their child custody rights. Those cases can be some of the most difficult for families to face, as the fear of losing a child is deep rooted. An example is found in a recent case in which a couple lost their kids after their state of residence determined that they were not mentally capable of parenting.

Parenting tips to assist in a potential child custody case

Facing a custody battle is a scenario that no parent likes to imagine. However, for many Florida families, divorce and a resulting child custody determination will be a reality. Just as no one goes into marriage preparing for divorce, no one becomes a parent with the belief that he or she will eventually be fighting over parenting time and responsibilities. There are things that parents can do to put themselves into a good position if that need should ever arise. Fortunately, those same steps will also make a person a better parent, so the following tips are relevant regardless of the state of one's marriage.

Following tragedy, family faces unexpected child custody needs

The vast majority of custody battles play out between a mother and father who have ended their relationship and are struggling to divide parenting time and responsibilities. There are cases, however, in which the parties differ, and where families are faced with child custody needs that are far from the norm. An example is found in a current case that centers on the murder of a mother and the need to provide care for her three children. Parents in Florida and across the nation find it distressing to even consider such circumstances, but this is an issue that faces a number of families each and every year.

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Attorney Amanda Salcido has served her country as a member of the U.S. Army JAG Corp for more than 10 years. Her military experience spans over twenty years. Ms. Salcido provides professional legal guidance for service members and non-service members alike.

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