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High-conflict divorce affects the parent-child relationship

It is a well-known fact that high-conflict divorces can have very negative consequences on children. Roughly 30 percent of all divorces go through a period of intense conflict, but for many divorcing parents, it can be difficult to recognize. It is important for those parents involved in a Florida divorce to be able to recognize and remedy intense conflict in order to improve the parent-child relationship for both parents.

Parental conflict during divorce and childhood difficulties share a positive correlation. This means that, as the level of parental conflict increases, the more difficulties a child is likely to have. However, what many parents may not know is that parental conflict has been proven to be much more damaging to the children involved than the actual divorce process itself.

Mediation may ease the anxieties of children during divorce

Florida parents who are considering divorce, or going through divorce, may agree that the well-being of their children is a large concern. It is not uncommon for both parties of a divorce to experience anxiety when having to make decisions about matters that may concern their children. Although children can be very resilient, there are a few ways in which parents can minimize the negative effects and possibly bring about acceptance for the children.

However, if parents notice that their children are finding it particularly difficult to accept or adapt to the new circumstances, help is available in the form of mediation. With their experience in similar situations, mediators may bring about understanding and better communication between parents and children. It is important to reassure the children that the divorce is not their fault, and that although one parent will move out of the residence, they will still be loved by both parents.

Authorities capture dad who owes over $500,000 in child support

Following a divorce, parents are expected to contribute financially to the lives of their children. Unfortunately, not all parents in Florida or the rest of the nation fulfill their responsibilities. When this happens, the parent can be taken to court, arrested and possibly jailed for failure to pay child support.

A man from another state has recently been apprehended for owing over $500,000 in child support arrears. Authorities said that they received an anonymous tip that led them to the location of this man. The sheriff's department already had a warrant out for the man's arrest.

Florida couples could be asking for a divorce with eye-rolling

Most couples in Florida are looking for that one key to long-term happiness, especially after they first tie the knot. However, it isn't necessarily the easiest thing to find -- if it even exists. Research has shown that there are a number of things can result in an unhappy relationship, which often leads to divorce down the road.

There are common things, such as contempt, defensiveness, criticism and stonewalling, that can end a relationship. At the same time, there are also little indicators that Florida couples may not necessarily think would lead to the ultimate dissolution of their marriage. For example, there are likely very few individuals out there who would have thought that rolling their eyes could kill their relationship.

Relocation petition denial overturned by Superior Court

When one parent wishes to move hundreds of miles away or even out of state entirely, it can be devastating for the other parent to hear. The relocation of a custodial parent would mean that the non-custodial parent would usually see their child less frequently. However, before a parent can move with the child from Florida or any other state, several factors must be taken into consideration by a family judge.

Recently, a lower court judge's denial of a relocation custody petition has been overturned by the state Superior Court. The reversal comes after the court determined the judge did not consider all required factors under the state's law regarding child custody and relocation. Apparently, the judge was supposed to analyze 16 different factors that relates to child custody when the petition was placed in front of him.

Florida couples in these 4 cities may need more divorce advice

Florida residents may or may not be surprised by recent data that was collected regarding divorce across the state. The Sunshine State is actually home to the number one city for divorce: Panama City. However, there are also three more cities that are within the top 10 that have the largest percentage of divorced couples.

Ranking at the top of the list, Panama City's divorced couples account for 15.5 percent of the city's population. Daytona comes in at number six with 13.5 percent of the city's population being divorced. Palm Bay has a divorced population of 13.3 percent, while Jacksonville comes in at number nine with 13 percent of its population having untied the knot.

Are there signs that your Florida marriage is headed to divorce?

There is no exact science to determining if your marriage is going to fail and a divorce is going to be the end result. Sometimes one may want to go on his or her gut feeling that the marriage simply is not working out. However, there are certain things for which one can look to determine if a divorce in Florida could be in the works.

It is not always easy to make a marriage work. This is especially true when one spouse frequently lies to the other. A relationship should be built on trust. Without trust, it is hard if not impossible to have an honest, healthy relationship.

Parents new to divorce wonder who claims the child on the taxes

With tax season upon us and the filing deadline right around the corner, many Florida parents who went through a divorce in 2013 -- or are possibly thinking ahead for next year -- may want to know who claims the child on the tax return. In some cases, the divorce decree will specifically state which parent claims the child. However, this is not always the case.

Some parents can agree to a schedule when it comes to claiming a child on their taxes. For example, some parents decide that one will claim the child for odd-numbered tax years and the other parent will claim the child for even-numbered tax years. For couples with multiple children, the parents may split up which children are claimed by which adult. However, not all parents can amicably come up with a suitable agreement like this.

Judge upholds divorce order; father has to pay half of tuition

When a couple in Florida divorces, an agreement is ultimately made between the two parties. This agreement outlines obligations of both parties after the divorce. However, this agreement of obligations is not always followed and requires one parent to take action against the other in order to enforce the terms of the divorce. This is the case with parents in a Northeast state, where one parent has been refusing to pay half of his daughter's law school tuition.

A father has recently been ordered to uphold the terms of his divorce from 2009 and pay for half of his daughter's tuition for law school. Apparently, he felt as though he did not need to do so since he and his daughter had stopped talking following the divorce. He claims that he was not supposed to pay if this was the case.

When situations change for Florida parents, child support can too

Following a divorce in Florida, one of the parents is generally required to pay child support to the other parent. This child support money is meant to go toward helping raise the child. Although it is determined how much a parent will pay at the time of the divorce, circumstances often change that require a modification of that initial court order. This is particularly true when one's income has decreased unexpectedly or substantially.

Recently, the father of Beyonce Knowles was granted a reduction in the amount of child support that he pays for his son. Apparently, the man is requesting this change in child support after his daughter fired him back in 2011. He had previously been working as her manager. He had been paying $12,000 per month in child support prior to losing his job.

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