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Child Custody Archives

Evaluate the options for your child custody case

We recently discussed how child custody issues might come up after a parent dies. This is only one example of when a child custody case might be necessary. Many children grow into adulthood with both parents still living, so you must realize that children who lose a parent are in the minority.

Child custody issues might arise from the death of a parent

No parent wants to think about what is going to happen to their child if the parent passes away. Unfortunately, this is something that does happen. The way that the child custody plays out after a parent dies depends on a variety of factors.

Children must be the top priority for a child custody case

Taking care of your children and making sure they have everything they need is a priority for most parents. When you and the children's other parent are still in a relationship, this might be a bit easier since both parents can chip in to make sure that everything is taken care of. If you divorce, this process becomes a bit more difficult since your children will spend time in two different homes.

Think about your child's best interests in child custody matters

Your child custody and support orders are serious documents that you must be sure to understand. We recently discussed the importance of this. When there is something that you don't fully understand, you must get clarification of it right away so that you can be sure you don't do anything that goes against it.

Be sure to follow child custody and visitation orders

Child custody orders are meant to be followed. They aren't merely suggestions that the court makes. Instead, each parent is expected to uphold their end of the agreement so that the child has some stability. There are some cases when a parent decides that the child custody order isn't worth following. Those parents might have to face the court for custody or visitation interference.

Summer travel plans require thought when custody is an issue

Taking a trip over the summer months is one way that you can enjoy the warmer weather and explore somewhere different. If you head up north, you might even find a break from the Florida heat and humidity. If you have children and aren't in a relationship with your child's other parent, you may need to start planning right now so that you can address any issues that might come up.

Sole custody still comes with some strings attached

Child custody matters are often difficult for parents to work through. If one parent isn't interested in seeing the child or if there are other circumstances that mean one parent can't have an active part in the child's life, the other parent will likely be granted sole custody. Understanding what this means can help you to determine how you should move forward with things pertaining to your child.

Make child custody exchange pleasant for your child

When you and your ex have to pick up or drop off your child, things can be tense. It is important for you to remember that your child is the most important consideration during these meetings. Ideally, you and your ex should be civil with each other so that your child can stay relaxed and calm.

Know all the points of a child custody and support order

When you aren't in a relationship with your child's other parent, you may have a child custody and support order. You must ensure that you know what this order requires of you. As we discussed in our previous blog post, uninsured medical expenses are often a consideration in these cases. Knowing what you are responsible for now can help save you trouble in the future.

Focus on your child and not your emotions

As we discussed last week, your child must be the focus of the child custody agreement. When you are coming up with the agreement, you have to think about what is best for your child. Once the agreement is made, you have to try to make the transition from parent to parent as easy as you can for your child.