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Badmouthing Your Divorcing Spouse to Your Children
Divorce is obviously a difficult time in the lives of both spouses. When children are involved, it is even more stressful.
Often this leads to times when things are said about the other spouse out of anger or frustration. Many times this takes place in the presence of the children.
A very important thing to consider is that your children love both of their parents and do not want to choose sides in the divorce. Expert psychologists tell us that children absorb a personal hurt when someone says something bad about a parent. Even if it is the other parent saying it.
In more serious cases, children suffer from Parental Alienation Syndrome and for a while may in fact begin to believe what the complaining spouse is saying. But when the children become adults and are governed more by their own independent judgment, they often are resentful of the complaining parent who brought on this dysfunction to their childhood.
Bottom Line: From my experience as a child custody attorney, don't expose your children to the details of the disagreements you have with your spouse.
(copyright Stann Givens 2009)
A spouse who does not make timely support payments can have his or her wages garnished through the Florida Child Support Enforcement Department. The court orders that alimony be automatically taken from the paying spouse's paycheck. The court can also order that the paying spouse give the alimony payments to the Support Enforcement Department, which will give the money to the receiving spouse. The department acts as a third party which manages the collection and distribution of support payments on a statewide basis. If the paying spouse of child support or alimony fails to make timely and sufficient payments, the court can suspend the paying spouse's driver's license.
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"A Plain English Guide to Protecting Your Children"
Author: Mary L. Boland, Attorney at Law
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