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Recently on the blog we discussed the effects that parental substance abuse can have on children. Sadly, many kids in Florida are subjected to abuse or neglect, or are forced to take on responsibility beyond their years because their parents are battling an addiction. Fortunately, parents can take certain legal steps to better ensure that their children are protected.

What counts as income for child support purposes?

Child support obligations can have a profound impact on a family's financial well-being. For a custodial parent, it can set the stage for how he or she will provide for his or her child, and any shortfalls may lead to financial hardship. For noncustodial parents, child support obligations can account for a significant portion of their financial expenses. Thus, the legal system in Florida seeks to find a balance that allows and encourages noncustodial parents to meet their child support obligations while contributing significantly to the costs associated with their child's upbringing.

Substance abuse can affect child custody and visitation

Child custody and visitation issues are sometimes amongst the most highly contested family law matters. Splitting couples may feud over these arrangements, with each believing it knows what is best for the child in question. When these matters cannot be settled outside of court, they must be determined by a judge after the presentation of evidence. This decision will be based on the best interests of the child, which takes several factors into consideration.

Men often pushed to the side in child custody and support cases

Issues related to child custody and child support can linger until a child reaches the age of majority, which is 18. The outcome of disputes involving these issues can have serious ramifications. Relationships with one's children can be built or destroyed, and financial standing can be solidified or ruined. Therefore, there is a lot at stake when dealing with child custody and support matters, which is why those confronting them should consider seeking help from a qualified family law attorney.

Modifying a child custody agreement in Florida

Modification of a child custody agreement is not a matter taken lightly by any court. A party must be able to prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that changes have taken place which directly affect the well-being and safety of a child. The child's best interests will always remain the heart of any custody agreement. While the state of Florida has made it easy to file a modification petition, that does not mean that a Judge will easily grant one.

How to help your children cope with divorce

Parents divorce for many reasons, but for kids, growing up in a home rife with tension and unhappiness it is far more damaging than the effect divorce has on them. However, researchers in the United Kingdom suggest that kids raised in a single parent home are more apt to experiment with smoking and alcohol at the age of 11.

Learn more about child custody and relocation in Florida

Our firm recently published a SlideShare documenting the steps a relocating parent should take to maintain or adjust child custody. Learn about the requirements of relocation petitions, and how the court determines whether they are approved.

Child custody & support worries are understandable in Florida

Many Florida residents may wonder whether they should stay in a situation that is not ideal if it means saving others from being significantly impacted. This concern may be one for some parents considering divorce. They may worry that ending the marriage could cause children to face negative outcomes due to the child custody & support settlements. Though these concerns are understandable, parents may wish to consider the situation from various angles. 

Florida co-parents may face child custody & support issues

Going through divorce can take a serious toll on the couple involved and any children they may have. Florida residents may face concerns when it comes to child custody & support, and as a result, their custody arrangements may not always be foolproof. Though many individuals may opt for co-parenting as part of their agreements, both parents may not share an equal load.

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