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Stress and its impact on children an important consideration in child custody cases

In child custody proceedings, when both parents cannot agree on an appropriate arrangement, the task of a family court is to step in and make a decision in the best interests of the child. In making this decision, family court judges take into account a variety of factors, including the needs of the child, the ability of the parents to provide for the child’s needs, and certainly things like history of abuse, neglect, and domestic violence.

Addressing parental alienation in contentious child custody cases in FL, P.2

Last time, we began looking at how family courts in Florida address the issue of parental alienation in divorce. The issue is, of course, more likely to come up in contentious divorce cases, where parents are bitter toward one another and unwilling to cooperate for the benefit of their children. As we noted, family courts will take into account any evidence of parental alienation in making an initial decision about child custody and parenting time.

Addressing parental alienation in contentious child custody cases in FL, P.1

Previously, we noted that Florida courts are bound by a public policy that parents should have shared parental responsibility unless this would be detrimental to the child. Family courts consider a variety of factors in determining whether a proposed parental responsibility or parenting plan arrangement is in the best interests of the child.

How do Florida courts address issue of joint custody, shared parenting?

In Florida, as in other states, courts make decisions about child custody with the primary aim of ensuring the best interests of the child are met in any given arrangement. In Florida, the public policy is that minor children continue to have frequent and continuing contact with both parents after divorce, and courts will order shared parental responsibility unless it can be shown that doing so would be detrimental to the child.

Courts see rising child custody cases involving addicted parents

Police knew they would stir up emotions when they posted a certain picture to their Facebook page, and they were right. The image went viral, causing a world-wide reaction, and prompting much needed discussion about the growing heroin epidemic in Florida and across the country. Additionally, the photo generated questions about child custody issues, especially in families with generations of drug addiction.

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