Naples Family Law Blog

Approaching divorce as a young couple

In recent years, many people have been pushing off marriage until they are older. However, some people still tie the knot at a young age for various reasons. For example, a couple that is in their teens may get married following an unexpected pregnancy, or another couple may decide to get married right after they have finished college because they feel ready to settle down. However, those who get married at a very early age may come to find that their marriage is not working out and that divorce is necessary. The divorce process can be very tough for couples in this position.

If you are thinking about divorce as a young adult, there are a number of factors you may need to consider. First, you should think about the different options you may have (such as mediation) and some of the family law matters that may arise based on your circumstances. For example, if you have kids, you may need to think about child support and custody issues. Sometimes, people decide to stay in a marriage because they are worried about what others will say, and this can be especially true for young couples and those who recently got married. However, you should never feel stuck in a marriage that is toxic because of what others think.

Negotiating custody during a break-up, not a divorce

It is common for committed couples to choose to have children without marrying first. As many as 40 percent of modern children are born to parents who aren't married. There is nothing wrong with choosing to not get married, even if you have children with your partner.

However, it is important to understand how you can protect your rights as a father if you aren't married to the mother of your children. Protecting your relationship with your children should be your top priority when the relationship with the mother of your children changes or ends. Steps you take during or prior to that break-up will likely impact how difficult obtaining custody or visitation rights will be.

Reasons for juvenile dependency cases

When it comes to juvenile dependency cases, the entire situation can be challenging for everyone involved. If you are a parent who has found yourself in this position, or you are worried about such a case arising in the future, it may be helpful to go over all of the relevant information you can find. For example, you may benefit from familiarizing yourself with some of the reasons why these cases arise in the first place. In Naples, and all around the state of Florida, juvenile dependency cases surface for many reasons.

Sometimes, a juvenile dependency case may be the result of allegations of child abuse. However, this certainly is not the only cause. If a child has been neglected, or if a parent is unwilling to take care of their child for some reason, the dependency process may begin. Moreover, parents who are institutionalized or incarcerated may also find their children in the middle of a juvenile dependency case. Whatever the reason, it is imperative for you to have a clear idea of your legal rights and the most appropriate way to handle your circumstances.

How can I deal with conflict during the holidays?

While the holidays are thought to be a time of joy and celebration, this is not always the case. For recently divorced people in Florida, the holiday season can be rife with conflict and bad feelings. That’s why Very Well Mind offers the following tips, which can help you navigate family issues wherever they arise.

Have your own celebration

9 rights of children who have divorcing parents

Parents who are divorcing need to remember that their children have needs and rights. This can be difficult at a time when the adults are focusing on working out the divorce agreement and finalizing everything at the end of the marriage.

No matter how easy or contentious your divorce, you and your ex need to ensure that your child's rights are being respected. Doing so can help them to feel more secure so they can cope better with the major life change.

Proving sobriety can help you gain back custody

Losing custody of your biological children can be one of the most heartbreaking situations that a parent will have to go through. In the vast majority of cases, a parent will lose custody of their child when it is determined that they cannot adequately care for them. This often occurs in a situation where the parent is abusing alcohol or drugs.

Although this scenario is heartbreaking, times can change. If you have dedicated yourself to gaining sobriety in the hope that it will mean you can win back custody of your children, you may be successful if you can give compelling proof that you have changed.

Custody issues and the holidays

Custody disputes and issues involving which parent will be able to have the child for a particular time period can be tough at any time of the year. However, certain occasions, such as major holidays, can make these matters particularly hard. For example, you may be involved in a dispute over child custody and the stress associated with this process could put a damper on your holiday celebrations. Or, you may be unsure how custody will be divided, and which parent will be able to spend time with your child during the holidays.

For many parents, watching their child open presents in the morning and being able to create memories with them during the holiday season is extremely important. However, some parents are forced to spend certain holidays away from their children, which can be devastating. If you are unsure about how custody will impact your ability to be with your kids during this holiday season, it is important to prepare yourself for different outcomes if you are going through a custody dispute.

Is legal separation right for you?

Floridian couples like you may have come to the conclusion that you want to split from your partner. However, you may be wondering if divorce is the only answer - or if it's the right option for your unique situation. Fortunately for you, there are actually a number of options to choose from.

One such potential option is defined by FindLaw. It's called legal separation, and it can be good to look into if you want the benefit of being separated from your partner while still maintaining your marriage status.

How can I talk to my child about divorce?

Parents in Florida faced with divorce often find it difficult breaking the news to their kids. In this case, how you talk about your divorce can have a real affect on the emotional impact it has on your children, as well as on their relationship with you and your ex. Accordingly, HealthyChildren.org offers the following tips to assist you when talking to your kids about divorcee.

Emphasize safety and security

Florida courts look at your children's needs in custody cases

For Florida parents considering a future divorce, the biggest concern is often their right to child custody. No one wants to make a decision that could negatively impact their relationship with their children. However, staying in an unhappy marriage out of fear of changing things isn't necessarily the best decision either.

Many people still believe that one parent or the other wins custody in a divorce, which may scare them out of filing. However, this situation is less common than in years past. Assigning custody to one parent typically only happens in special circumstances. In most other situations, the courts will create a shared custody arrangement that incorporates both parents into the lives of the children.

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