When Florida residents decide upon a child custody agreement, much more goes into it than simply deciding legal and physical custody. While Florida is compliant with guidelines found in The Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act handed down by the U.S. Department of Justice, there is much more that is left to the state to rule on when deciding upon the best interests of the minor or minors.
If you are unmarried when your child, or a child you presume to be yours, is born, establishing paternity is an important step that not only offers many benefits for the child, but also gives you certain rights to that child in the eyes of the law.
Child custody cases involving divorced parents still living in Hernando County can be complicated; imagine how much more so they can be when they stretch across borders. While parents involved in custody disputes may be legally obligated to stay put until their cases are settled, that may not stop some of them from fleeing with their kids. The further they flee, the more difficult it may be for the parents who remain behind to get their kids back. Suddenly, child custody issues may be intertwined with immigration laws, which may only serve to further complicate matters.
On top of the stress that divorce can create for both spouses involved, making arrangements for children is an entirely different matter. Sometimes, spouses may decide to live in different states, or make other major life changes that can significantly alter the lives of children. As with most states, Florida's courts see countless men and women who simply cannot agree on child custody arrangements.
Many of those in Hernando County who choose to divorce may carry some preconceived notions into their proceedings. One of those is often the assumption that whichever one of the couple was not the primary household wage earner will be entitled to alimony. If you hold such an assumption, you should know that such a benefit is not automatic. Even if you are awarded spousal support, it may only be granted as temporary assistance to help you transition into your new life.