This blog has previously discussed how a Panama City parent's decision to relocate can affect child custody and visitation orders, depending heavily on the circumstances. Some Florida custodial parents and noncustodial parents may wonder whether and to what extent they even need to tell the other parent that they are moving.
Living on the Gulf Coast, one thing you have to worry about is the damage a hurricane can cause. Depending on your situation, you may be in Florida at all times of the year or only temporarily. Additionally, you could have your children there regularly or only once in a while.
Like most other states, Florida has legal guidelines for helping judges in the courts around Panama City and statewide determine the correct amount of child support to order a parent to pay. The idea behind these guidelines is to make sure that child support orders are as consistent as possible across the state, and that both children and their parents have the financial means of support they require.
Emotionally stable parents in Florida and nationwide are better able to focus on their children and their relationship. They do not have to worry about the possibility of fights or issues between their spouse, which, even done outside of a child's presence, could have an emotional impact on the parents while they spend time with their children.
Decades ago, the role of each spouse in a home was far different in many households in Florida and nationwide than it is today. Years ago, it was presumed that the female of a home would take on the role as caretaker of the home, and would care for children if applicable, while the husband would work.
It is not uncommon while going through divorce proceedings involving children to hear the courts talk about the best interests of the children. While the philosophy of course sounds noble, it is inherently vague. What exactly is meant by the "best interests of the child" and how can this philosophy in court affect decisions such as child custody, child support and even property division?
When you have a child in your custody but also have a parenting plan you're supposed to follow, the last thing the court wants to see is your refusing visitation to the other parent. Unless there are extreme circumstances, like situations involving abuse, there is no reason you should violate a court order.
When two parents in Florida decide to end their relationship, it can be a very emotional time not only for them, but also for any children they have. While sometimes a parenting plan can be reached out of court, other times the parents need to turn to a judge to issue a child custody and visitation order. In general, there are two types of visitation: reasonable visitation and fixed visitation.
In Florida, the amount of child support a noncustodial parent pays is based on each parent's income, as well as the child's needs. However, as time marches on, a person's situation changes. For example, either the custodial parent or the noncustodial parent may lose his or her job -- or, conversely, get a raise and a promotion. Or perhaps the noncustodial parent has suffered an injury or illness and is unable to work. Or, it simply could be that as the child grows up his or her financial needs change. What it took financially to raise a toddler may not be the same as what it takes financially to raise a teenager.