How Do We Help Our Children Adjust to a New Life After a Florida Divorce?
The Florida family court system places the interests of the children of divorce before any other issues, and it encourages shared parenting whenever possible. An experienced child custody lawyer in Orlando, FL can help you reach an agreement that meets the needs of both parents and children.
The State of Florida uses the parenting plan as the foundation for addressing the details of a child support settlement. Whether the parents negotiate the parenting plan or the court establishes its own provisions, Florida statutes determine the precise requirements, which include such considerations as the following:
- Residential and decision-making rights of each parent
- Child support obligations of each parent
- A time-sharing schedule including normal visitation times, holidays and overnight visits
Of course, life changes can render even the best parenting plans ineffective. For example, a parent providing substantial financial support can experience a sudden loss of income, or either parent may need to move out of range of the children for his or her job. You cannot make informal changes to the court-approved divorce decree. Your family law lawyers can guide you through the negotiations needed for a legal divorce modification.
At the Law Offices of Steve W. Marsee, P.A., we encourage parents to recognize how their children can benefit when they negotiate a parenting agreement with a cooperative spirit. In fact, this spirit often extends past the final divorce decree to provide children with stability as they adjust to a new situation. And, if circumstances change in the future, we offer creative solutions that continue to address the best needs of the children when negotiating modifications.