Americans love their pets. By some estimates, more than 71 million U.S. households have pets, including some 44 million dogs. Americans love their pets so much, in fact, that in some circles the term “pet” is now considered politically incorrect and has been replaced by the term “companion animal.”
In Florida as in many other states, family law judges attempt to make child custody decisions based on what is in the best interests of the child or children. In many cases, this means keeping both parents involved in a child's life, even if parenting time is not split equally.
Child custody can be a complex matter. In most traditional child custody disputes, one parent may not take his or her child out of the state without the other parent’s permission. This is especially true when a dispute has yet to be resolved by the courts. But, does a pregnant woman have the right to take herself and her unborn child out of the state without the prospective father’s permission? The answer is a matter of considerable debate.