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The Changing Nature of Florida Child Custody Laws

 The Changing Nature of Florida Child Custody Laws

When a couple decides to end their marriage, decisions regarding their children are inevitably intertwined with property and asset disputes. Questions soon arise regarding which parent will look after the children for the majority of the time. Other questions soon form regarding where the children will live. Some relatively recent changes in Florida child custody laws attempts to address some of those issues.

Back in October 2008, Florida altered its custody laws by exchanging the words “custody” for “parental responsibility” and exchanging the word “visitation” to mean “time-sharing.” These subtle changes show that the court is placing an emphasis on both parents taking an active role in the lives of their children.

Times have changed since the days where divorces automatically conferred the bulk of the parental responsibilities to the mother. Today, there are also many grandparents and other family members who provide for the care and supervision of children who belong to other family members. For example, it is not uncommon to find grandparents caring for grandchildren born to parents addicted to drugs or incarcerated. The changes in the law also contemplates those changes as well by allowing some third parties to receive child support payments.

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