by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
Divorcing couples can usually let a judge decide on an equitable split of marital assets and debts. They can also agree in mediation to spousal support (alimony) and who will pay what household bills. But when it comes to the parties’ children, neither the husband or the wife will admit they are “bad” parents. So time sharing of the minor children can be a hotly contested divorce issue that a judge will have to decide.
If you are a parent who basically ignores homework, school plays, sports games, then you run the risk of less time with your children because it is what you do anyway. If you are partying until dawn, drinking and driving, or have other personal issues, it is likely that you will have less time with your children, or even have supervised time sharing. (No court wants a parent who has an alcohol problem to be driving children around.)
Watch out for text messages, emails, facebook and the like that can become damning evidence against you. That is especially true if you send abusive messages to your children. If you disparage the other parent to the children, this is another violation that is not tolerated by the divorce court judge. Courts even have a name for it– “parental alienation”. Parents who are easily angered in the court room will also exhibit out of control behavior, and this, too, will not help your case. For more information about how to initiate or defend a time sharing dispute over children, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at http://www.familylawwpb.com for more information.