Florida divorce and custody proceedings are often contentious and emotionally trying processes that can cause one or both parties to act out in harmful manners. In studying the ways in which parents act out, one psychologist noticed a pattern in which one parent seeks to punish the other by acting purposefully or vengefully toward the other during or following the court proceedings. The psychologist noted that some parents sometimes go so far as to deprive or harm the child in order to make the other parent look bad. This psychologist dubbed the phenomenon as "malicious mother syndrome," but mental health care professionals now refer to it as "malicious parent syndrome."
Floridian parents like you who feel you have good reason to get out of your house as soon as possible are put in a tricky situation. Do you take the kids with you? Do you leave them and move out yourself? Or do you sit through the divorce process, sharing a home with a potentially harmful or abusive person?
Undeniably, technology has changed the way that people communicate. Thanks to lawmakers working in cooperation with the courts, technology can now afford you the ability to fulfill the visitation terms as outlined in your parenting agreement even if you live far away, without requiring you to seek a modification of the existing order. According to FindLaw, Florida is one of a handful of states that has virtual visitation laws on the books, allowing courts to order visitation via electronic or online means in addition to in-person visits between you and your child.
If you have a child outside of wedlock in Florida, you may wonder what happens when you are the other parent separate. Who gets custody of your child? How do you develop a visitation schedule? If you were getting a divorce, then these things are pretty straightforward and handled through that legal process. When there is no legal separation in your relationship, what happens?
At Mang & Santurri, P.A., we are aware that divorced parents can have differences in opinion about how their children are raised. You might not agree with your ex’s methods of discipline or disapprove of how late the children are allowed to stay up on a school night. You might be upset that your ex has not paid child support for a few months. You might even be concerned that your children are complaining they don’t want to visit their other parent. However, you and other Florida residents should understand what might happen if you decide not to allow the other parent to see the children.
If you are in the midst of a divorce in Florida or perhaps have already completed your divorce and you have to now raise your children with your former spouse, you might be wondering how in the world you can do this. There were certainly reasons that you and your partner chose to end your marriage and those often include some inability to work together yet here you are still needing to do just that.
In Florida, parents who get a divorce will potentially need to make changes to how they interact with their child. Divorce can be a big shake-up in any child's life, and extra effort might be needed to keep a parent-child relationship at the same comfortable level that it had been prior to the divorce.
If you are a grandparent living in Florida, you may want to obtain legal visitation rights to your grandchild for any number of reasons. Maybe the relationship between your grandchild’s parents is especially acrimonious and your child’s former partner prevents you from visiting, or maybe you have concerns about your grandchild’s parents abusing substances, and you want to do right by your grandchild.
When a couple divorces, there are different possible custody arrangements when a child is involved. The parents could share joint custody—where the child splits their time equally between both parents. If this arrangement is not deemed to be in the best interest of the child, then one parent may have sole physical custody and the other may have visitation rights—the right to periodic visits with the child.