J. Melanie Slaughter, P.A.
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Best to stick to the plan when it comes to child custody

Florida parents know that when it comes to making plans involving children, it can be difficult to stick to the proposed itinerary. Parents should be aware, however, that when it comes to child custody orders, a parent can get in big trouble for revamping the schedule without approval. Recently, music artist Kelis appears to be learning this the hard way. 

Kelis' trouble stems from a formal complaint to the court from her ex-husband and fellow musician Nas. The pair share children from their previous marriage, and have a formal child custody order to abide by. Nas has informed the court that Kelis often acts outside the confines of the order, and it is affecting his relationship with his children. 

Sometimes, the lawsuit alleges, Kelis will be days late returning the children to their father. He also states that she moved the children to another city without his knowledge. After what he considers to be more than 20 violations of the child custody order, he has taken legal action amid rumors that Kelis intends to move the children out of the country without his approval, a move that would surely affect his ability to utilize the custody time he was previously awarded by the court. 

When Florida parents are bound by a child custody order, they are not allowed to change the plan without permission of the court, often in the form of a formal modification to the original order. If a parent needs help establishing, modifying or enforcing a child custody order, it may be a good idea to team up with an experienced attorney. An attorney can help a client make sure his or her concerns are taken seriously by the legal system and the other parent, increasing the likelihood that the children are not affected by the decisions of one parent. 

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