Divorce is never easy and even more complicated when a child or children are involved. Child custody is a complicated issue in itself, but having to navigate a child custody dispute with an ex is even worse.
There are many factors that need to be considered and cooperating with a disagreeable ex-spouse can be a challenge. However, there are a few ways to make the process easier:
Child custody laws in Florida can get tricky. Generally, both parents will get equal time with the child or children, regardless of whether or not they were married (a paternity test may be administered). It is actually rare for one parent to get sole custody. Some of the standard laws – like child support until they turn 18 – are a given, but other issues such as the child’ health insurance have to be determined. Setting quiet time aside to consider all of these factors will help you to be better prepared when disputing your ex.
The most important issue of any child custody dispute is ensuring fairness, safety, and an overall healthy regard for the child or children involved. Listen and communicate with your child or children. This is one of the most important ways to handle a dispute. Your child or children will have their own ideas of what is happening to their family and may have input on something you hadn’t thought of. They may tell you if they don’t like a schedule or if something potentially abusive is happening. They may rebel or lash out or become withdrawn. It’s important to let them know that they can speak and that they will be heard. It may also be wise to speak to their teachers and other parents.
It’s no secret that child custody can be a complicated issue. If you have questions or concerns, contact The Estevez-Pazos Law Firm to discuss your options or call us at 305-717-7130 to set up an appointment.