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Adjusting to Divorce
Divorce, can be a very traumatic experience for many adults. Still, it is the children who usually suffer the most when families break up. In the state of Florida, as is the case in many other areas, divorcing parents with minor children and those who are involved in paternity actions are required to complete special parenting classes before their legal actions can be finalized.
Additionally, children of divorce ages 6-17 years are required to complete special groups like the Sandcastles program in some areas. Parents and children consistently attest to the beneficial nature of these programs in helping them adjust to the life-altering process of divorce. Notwithstanding, ongoing conflict between parents during the divorce and even afterwards, implies that many children and even adults need additional supports even after they are no longer live together in the same home.
Children rarely tell parents how they truly feel about matters. Hence, the parents usually assume erroneously that they are adjusting well. Divorce affects many individuals throughout their lives and children of divorce, especially daughters, are also more likely to divorce as adults. Not only is a great deal more known today about how divorce affects adults and children, but also, numerous resources are available to help them adjust effectively as well. Post-divorce adjustment counseling for adults and children is available in many areas. Parents should assess their own needs first and seek appropriate help for themselves. They should then ensure that their children receive the help that they might require in order to adjust as well.
When the Florida court decides on the issue of child custody and visitation, the gender of the parents is not considered. For example, a mother will not automatically receive custody of the children just because she is the mother. The judge must only consider what is in the best interests of the child. Florida divorce law requires Shared Parental Responsibility. This means that even though the child may live with one parent, the other parent has equal say in raising the child. Each party must be consulted on the education, health, religion, and discipline of the child. And, if the parties cannot agree on these important issues, the judge will make the decisions.
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