Parents always want to protect their kids from painful events. Unfortunately, few things are as devastating to children as the end of their parents’ marriage.
You and your co-parent have a say in divorce matters involving your minor children, especially when creating a parenting time (custody and visitation) plan. However, the court has the final say in most child-related divorce issues.
It can help to know what you can expect when divorcing in Florida with kids, and here are two things most parents do not know.
Co-parents must take a class
All parents undergoing a divorce must participate in a mandatory Parent Education and Family Stabilization course. Failure to comply or provide proof of completion means the court will not finalize your divorce.
You can probably find an online version of the course. However, it’s important to ensure that the Florida Department of Children and Families has approved the class.
Courts decide child support amounts
In Florida, parents do not typically get to decide how much support their children need. State courts use the parental income shares model to determine the amount a parent should pay to support their children.
The general goal of the income shares model is to ensure that both parents make equal contributions to the care and support of their kids.
Of course, these are not the only two things you should know if you are divorcing and have young children. Additional knowledge of other divorce laws (like those regarding marital property and alimony) may help clarify your possible post-divorce financial situation and guide you in implementing solutions.
Having experienced legal guidance is essential in divorces involving children. This can help you protect your rights and do what’s best for your children.