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Can joint-custody arrangements be beneficial for children?

Even if you count yourself among the lucky few who are able to maintain cordial relationships with their former spouses following a Florida divorce, you may still find yourself struggling in its aftermath. This may prove especially true if you are also coming to terms with a new custody arrangement, as it can be tremendously difficult to go from sharing the same home with your children to sleeping in a different place at night.

When can you file for child custody modification?

Although child custody arrangements may be included in your final divorce settlement, they are not set in stone. Life circumstances often change, and the parenting schedule that worked out before, may not continue to work in the future. There are ways you can modify your child custody schedule so that it makes a better fit for everyone involved. Child custody arrangements may need to be revisited every three years, as children grow older and their interests, needs, education and extracurricular needs change. When both parents agree on the schedule change, a simple agreement can be filed. Yet, when one parent does not agree, a modification of the child custody order may be filed, and the court will then determine if the change is in the best interest of the child.

Is all property eligible for division in a divorce?

If you have recently filed for divorce or are simply considering the prospect, there are a host of issues you must tackle when creating the divorce settlement. Property division may be one of the most overwhelming issues, as it is often hard to divide the possessions that were accumulated during the marriage. Florida is an equitable division of property state, meaning all marital property is divided according to what is deemed fair and equitable. However, not all items are considered marital in some divorce cases, and you may be able to keep possession of property without dividing it in the final divorce settlement.

What defines avoid parental alienation syndrome?

It’s uncommon for divorced parents in Florida and elsewhere to get along most of the time. After all, they are divorced for a reason. However, even if you would rather never speak to your ex again, you both have children together, and it’s important for your kids to have a healthy relationship with both parents.

Does Florida recognize common law marriage?

If you and your partner are currently living together in Florida without benefit of marriage, are the two of you nevertheless legally married even though you never went through a marriage ceremony? The answer to that question depends on the state in which you lived at the time you and your partner started living together.

What things can I legitimately spend my child support on?

As a divorced Florida parent receiving child support from your former spouse, you likely have nagging worries about how you can legitimately spend that money and who, if anyone, can take issue with the way you spend it. Fortunately for you, FindLaw explains that you can spend your child support money virtually however you want as long as those expenditures benefit your child in some way.

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