Tanya Worthy January 10, 2022 Parenting
When two people divorce and wish to lead separate lives, it becomes much more complicated when children are involved. Divorcing parents should have the same goal-to be as involved in their children`s lives as possible and to provide them with stable, effective parenting. Joint custody is one way to achieve that goal, but can it work for your family?
Under Florida law, biological parents have first priority in child custody issues. Only under exceptional circumstances does the court ordinarily grant visitation or custody rights to step-parents. If the child`s primary caregiver believes that maintaining contact with the step-parent is in the child`s best interests, it is possible for the step-parent to have formal visitation rights. If the court believes this might infringe on the rights of the other parent, however, the step-parent may be excluded.
There was an interesting article in Science Daily posted on August 21, 2013 titled; "Grandmothers Who Raise Their Grandkids Struggle With Depression, Study Suggests," which actually makes a lot of sense, parenting is a huge stress, and older people around younger people all the time makes them feel old, unwanted, too slow, and out of touch.
Divorce and separation are difficult not only for the child but also for the parents. It is important that the parents do all they can to make the transition as seamless and easy as possible. Parents should try and work together if possible to create a single parenting plan so it is created in the child`s best interests. Courts will mostly accept a plan upon which both parents agree and have cooperated on.
In Georgia, when parents divorce, in most cases one of the parents is given custody and the other parent is given visitation rights. The visitation schedule can vary according to each parents needs. A standard Georgia visitation agreement allows the non-custodial parent to see the children every other weekend with holiday`s split between the two parents.For example, one parent will have the children on Thanksgiving one year and the other one will have the child the next year. Judges always determine the custody and visitation agreements. The standard measuring tool is "what`s in the best interest of the child." In recent years, judges have been just as agreeable to awarding custody to the fathers and visitation rights to the mothers.
Ultimately, the court wants parents to understand that just because their intimate relationship is ending, their rights and responsibilities as parents are not. Because divorce is often full of conflict, pain and hurt, couples are encouraged to set aside their differences and focus on minimizing the effects of the separation on the children.