Law Office Of Sam Jurban - January 2018

Every parent wants to see their child do well in school, and there’s one fun activity that benefits students of all ages: reading. In a world with so much stimulation, however, it can be difficult to motivate kids to put down a screen and pick up a book. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity to make reading a priority. Here are a few tips to make 2018 the year your kids become bookworms.

children. Talk to other parents and create a network of friends and classmates. After all, nothing is cooler to a kid than what their friends are doing. Avid readers tend to do better academically from kindergarten through college. In fact, a study from the Journal of Education and Practice found that reading comprehension predicted success in other subjects more than any other factor. If you want to see improved report cards, make a reading resolution for your entire household.

certain number of books completed or hours spent reading, offer them a prize. You can even create a big end goal to really cement those reading habits. Better yet, set a combined goal that the entire family can work toward. Don’t be afraid to pull out all the stops. If your kids know that reading one book per week through June means an extra-special summer vacation, their enthusiasm won’t wane come spring. USE READING APPS Goodreads is a social network for bibliophiles. You can find recommendations, share ratings, and create lists of both completed and to-be-read books. Users also create reading lists based on topic, genre, decade, and more.With over 2 billion books added, you’ll never run out of inspiration. Biblionasium offers the same services, but it’s designed specifically for

Courts in Florida look to make co-parents rather than dueling dragons of divorcing spouses. Judges refer to a whole list of factors rather than shine a spotlight on a specific fact or circumstance in order to determine what’s in the best interests of the child or children involved. For modification of custody matters, the proceeding is more complicated because the party looking to make a change has to show a legal change in circumstances before they can even be heard on the best interest analysis. Custody is broken down into two categories in Florida — time sharing and parental responsibility.Time sharing is considered physical time with the child, and parental responsibility refers to the making of decisions on the child’s behalf (school, medical care, or religious upbringing).There are cases where one parent may be awarded 100 percent of the time sharing, but this usually happens in exceptional circumstances. In some matters, What You Need to Know About TIME SHARING AND PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY MAKE IT A FAMILY RESOLUTION There’s no better motivator than solidarity! Plus, we’re guessing everyone in your household could stand to read a little more. You don’t have to read the same books or set identical goals, but it’s a lot more fun when everyone participates. Schedule weekly reading discussions so everyone can share the cool stories they’ve read. Stack your completed books in your house somewhere as a monument to all the knowledge your family has gained. SET REWARD MILESTONES Positive reinforcement will propel your kids to keep reading long after the calendars have turned. For a

• Each parent’s demonstrated capacity and disposition to act in the child’s best interest as shown by each parent’s willingness to encourage and support a relationship between the child and the other parent. • Each parent’s demonstrated capacity and disposition to respond to the child’s needs. • The mental, physical, and emotional health of the parents. • The stability of the child’s home environment. • Any history of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, child abandonment, or child neglect. • The child’s wishes, if the court deems the child to be of sufficient age and intelligence. • Each parent’s demonstrated capacity and disposition to be involved with the child’s school and extracurricular activities. Parents have the freedom to agree as to what’s best for their children. If they cannot agree, then the court will decide for them. If the court is forced to decide, there is a chance that neither parent will be entirely happy with the outcome. But no matter what, the court is required to make a written finding to support its decision as it relates to child custody determinations.

one parent may be awarded sole parental responsibility, but most of the time, shared parental responsibility is preferred.

Since 2008, Florida courts award “shared parenting” and “time-sharing” as opposed “custody” and “visitation.” Even when one parent is awarded 100 percent of the time-sharing, the trial court will need to identify the steps the other parent will need to take in order to be reunited with their child. Courts will not terminate the child’s relationship with their other parent unless significant circumstances make it necessary. In most cases, the law and the public policy of Florida favor frequent and continuing time-sharing after separation or divorce.

The following are some of the factors that Florida courts take into consideration when making best interest determinations.

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