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How are child custody proceedings changed by the parents' marital status?

One of the greatest sources of stress in divorce proceedings is often attempting to ensure the best possible outcome for the children involved. Sometimes both parties will have conflicting views when it comes to what is actually best for the children. The question of determining what is in the best interest of the child is always present in divorce proceedings, but how is this affected by the parents' marital status?

The primary standard courts use when making custody decisions is "the best interests of the child." When it comes time for the court to make a custody judgment, they take into account all of the information that has been gathered over the course of the proceedings (factors like the physical and emotional state of the parents, the parent's ability to provide for the child and meet their needs, etc) and make a decision based on that. However, the marital status of the parents will drastically change how the court makes their decisions.

Are you loving your child well throughout your divorce?

It's no secret that children are often the ones that pay the greatest personal price when parents split up, but with intentional care your story does not have to be this way. As a parent who loves your children, you have a great opportunity to take a difficult season and use it as an opportunity to provide care and love for your children that may shape and sustain them for the rest of their lives.

Events that can prompt a support review, modification

When you get divorced, you are likely hoping to get through it and then go your separate ways. You might hope that as soon as the ink dries on your settlement, you can cut ties and begin a new chapter of your life.

Unfortunately, this might be more difficult than you expect, as a couple of things can connect you to your ex for many years to come: child support orders and spousal support orders.

Study: Valentine's Day weddings no guarantee of happiness

Many couples, in the storm of romance, choose to propose or get married on special days: Valentine's day, or a day with a gimmick number like 1/02/2003. The theory is that an enthusiastic embrace of this date gimmick will protect the couple against the reality that many marriages fail.

It doesn't sound like a very solid guarantee

Social scientists at Australia's University of Melbourne, decided to put this hopeful idea to the test. Does setting an enthusiastic wedding date strengthen a marriage?

The answer, according to these researchers, is No -- gimmick dates don't help.

What to do when your ex is not pulling their fair share after divorce

A child's well-being depends upon equal support from both parents, especially after divorce. They need financial support and a steady schedule. Unfortunately one parent can get stuck being the responsible one while the other will not follow the plan. They might miss child support payments, appointments, and drop off times. If you notice that they are not following up with designated court orders then you can take action. Here is what you can do.

Is it possible to have an easy divorce?

It's the divorce no one wants to go through: the long, drawn-out fight between you and your ex in a courtroom or at a conference table where name-calling happens and tempers are high. Yet, this is the image of divorce commonly portrayed in TV dramas and movies.

So, it may shock you to know that yes, a "healthy divorce" is reality for many couples. With the right tools and legal help, it is possible to eliminate undue stress and anger from an already difficult legal process.

What to do when timesharing is out of the question

While disputes may have caused your divorce, you and your former spouse agree on one thing: maintaining your child's welfare. Although you share this goal, however, the two of you may have a different interpretation of how to best support the well-being of your child.

If you have been following our blog, you have read on our posts regarding your child's well-being during and after divorce proceedings. You know how important it is to avoid entangling your child in your disagreements with your former spouse. Both of you labored to avoid creating a poisonous environment for your child. Your divorce may have proceeded smoothly and your initial child custody arrangement may have been dispute free.

Helping young children cope with separation and divorce

For a small child, divorce can feel like the loss of a parent or the life that they knew. Although that is not the case, parents often worry about how their child will cope with their separation or divorce and what they can do to help them. The good news is that there are actually several ways to support a young child during this difficult transition.

Parents have the biggest role in making the child's life easier while going through a divorce. Don't give up if you are separated by distance, and don't become discouraged if you miss an important milestone. Remember that your child needs you now more than ever. Here are three simple steps that parents should consider when their young child is coping with separation or divorce.

There is no 'one size fits all' solution to child custody

Parents often bristle at the mere mention of child custody and end up bracing themselves for a bitter, ugly dispute where one person "wins" and the other "loses." However, your case does not have to be this way. There are so many ways to approach custody and parenting that there is very likely a solution that allows you -- and more importantly, your kids -- to feel comfortable with a parenting plan.

Let's imagine a scale. On one end of the scale is the extremely amicable split, and on the other end is an extremely contentious split. There is going to be a different solution for custody at both the extremes and everything in the middle.

Clearing up some costly child support misconceptions

Child support, while it is a financial obligation, is about more than just money. It is a way for a parent to participate in a child's life and help provide the things that child needs.

Unfortunately, too many people fail to appreciate the importance and nature of child support and end up making some unwise decisions that ultimately hurt themselves and their children. Before you make a potentially bad decision, you want to be sure that you understand the basics of child support are not falling victim to some common misconceptions.

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