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Prenuptial Agreements 101

“If you ain’t no punk/holla “we want prenup!” Kanye West’s Gold Digger introduced many children to the concept of a prenup before they even understood love. Prenup is short for prenuptial agreement, but what does a prenup actually do? Read on to learn the basics of prenuptial agreements including what needs to go into one such agreement. What Are Prenuptial Agreements? Prenuptial agreements are private contracts between a couple that they sign before they get legally married. “Nuptials” is another word for the legal vows of marriage, so prenuptial simply means before the vows. Prenuptials dictate how any financial assets [...]

December 21st, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

Websites That Help With Divorce

Going through a divorce is highly stressful, nearly everyone admits that. What most people don’t admit however, is the shame and stigma associated with divorce. Sometimes, people don’t feel comfortable opening up to their friends about what they’re experiencing. This is especially common within communities where divorce is not spoken about or discouraged. However, nobody keeps emotions like that bottled up forever. When the real world won’t cut it, most people turn to the digital one. There are a wide variety of websites designed to help people during and after a divorce. Read on to learn what divorce websites you [...]

December 16th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

Co-Parenting During The Holidays, Part Two

As we discussed last week, co-parenting during the holidays is a challenging scenario. Last week we went over how to put the kids first, working with a co-parenting plan, and opening lines of communication. This week, we continue exploring top tips for co-parenting during the holidays. 5) Establish New Traditions The process of establishing new traditions is especially important during the first round of holidays after the divorce. All of the family members that celebrate Christmas are likely feeling similar nerves mixed with holiday excitement. Channel that energy into creating a new tradition for everyone to enjoy. Those traditions provide [...]

December 9th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

Co-Parenting During The Holidays, Part One

Co-parenting is a challenge even under the best circumstance. The co-parenting during the holidays adds what feels like a million hurdles to the already complicated process. The good news (or bad, depending on your perspective) is that you are not the first nor will you be the last to navigate the holiday season with an ex-spouse. This situation is experienced by many families across the United States. Those parents have plenty of advice for families going through a separated Christmas for the first time. Read on to learn some top tips about co-parenting during the holidays. 1) Always Put The [...]

December 2nd, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

State Of Florida Adoption FAQs

Adoption is a wonderful process that brings children and families together. However, the adoption process can seem murky or confusing to potential future parents. Hopefully we can clear up some questions for you, with the help of the Florida Department of Children and Families. This week, we are exploring the most commonly asked questions about adoption. Who Can Adopt A Child? Nearly everybody in Florida can adopt a child. The main reasons that people are ineligible are an inability to provide for the basic needs of a child or a criminal record that includes domestic disturbances or felonies. There are [...]

November 27th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , , |

The Legal Portion Of Weddings

Weddings are exciting, sometimes so exciting that people forget about the legal side of things. Fortunately, nowadays the process is not too difficult, especially in the state of Florida. We’re here to help ease your wedding stress so you can focus on what matters – celebrating love. Read on to learn tips and the step-by-step process of a legal wedding in Florida. Key Tips The state of Florida offers a marriage preparation course. The marriage preparation course is intended to educate couples on what marriage is truly like. The course teaches conflict management, financial basics, and how to handle marital [...]

November 20th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

Tips For Adopting An Older Child

In the world of adoptions, any child past the age of a toddler is considered “older”. Once a child hits ages three or four, their chances of getting adopted decrease dramatically. The odds continue to decline every year that the children remain in the foster system. If a child is not adopted by the time they are seven or eight, it is basically certain that they will never be adopted. Instead, these children just age out of the foster system. This is one of the reasons that adopting an older child is encouraged by many agencies. People favor adopting babies [...]

November 13th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , , , |

Tips For Healthy Co-parenting

Co-parenting is a serious challenge for any divorced couple, even if the divorce was amicable. If the relationship between ex-spouses is contentious, that complicates the issue further. However, co-parenting is really important to a child’s mental health, as well as the ex-spouses. Join us as we explore the best ways to co-parent to preserve your sanity and keep your child happy and functional. What Is Co-parenting? Co-parenting is when both parents work together to raise their children even after their marriage is dissolved. Unless the marriage was ended because of domestic abuse, mental instability, or substance abuse issues, co-parenting is [...]

November 6th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , , |

Jordan’s Law & What It Aims To Do

Jordan’s Law is an endeavor by Florida lawmakers to fix the issues in the state’s child welfare system. No system is perfect, but the gaps in Florida have been exposed by tragic incidents over the past few years. Today, we are exploring Jordan’s Law and how it takes steps to repair a broken system. As a note, this story contains discussion of child death and injury. These subjects are sensitive for many people, and the details may be upsetting. The Florida Department of Families has an online reporting tool for child abuse. You can also reach out to your local [...]

October 30th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

Emergency Child Custody

.The ultimate goal of nearly every parent is to protect their child from harm. Emergency child custody exists to serve that purpose. Custody concerns are common, yet it is typical for worried parents to have no clue that emergency custody is possible. Read on to learn all about emergency child custody. What Is Emergency Child Custody? Emergency custody protects those who are most vulnerable in a custody situation. Courts issues custody orders to protect children in any number of situations. Parental neglect, abandonment, or abuse. This applies when one or both parents commit the infraction. Unfortunately, it is particularly common [...]

October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

Guardian Ad Litem 101: An Introduction to Florida’s Guardian Ad Litem Role

A guardian ad litem (GAL) serves a very important role in Florida courts. They advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. GALs are especially important in family law cases. Read on to learn the basics of the guardian ad litem role in Florida’s court. Definitions Guardian ad litem (GAL) A guardian ad litem acts as a voice for an individual in court. A judge may decide that a guardian is needed for a few reasons. The most common reason to appoint or call in a GAL is because there are minors involved. Unfortunately, many times family law cases boil [...]

October 9th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

Why Choose Legal Separation Over Divorce?

Legal separation in Florida is a tricky subject. Unlike other states, Florida does not have an official process of legal separation. However, there are steps that a couple can take to replicate the legal results of a separation. Read on to learn why separation is a viable option for many situations. There are many valid reasons to choose a separation over divorce. A couple’s decisions can be impacted by many variables. Children Parents generally want what is best for their children, and sometimes that means avoiding a divorce. Needing to split from your partner is entirely valid, but it can [...]

October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

IEPs vs. 504 Plans: What’s The Difference?

Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans can both offer immense amounts of aid to disabled students and their families. They also open up communication between the student, their family, the school, and disability experts. If you are a parent to a child with disabilities, you are probably curious about IEPs and 504 plans. Read on to learn more about IEPs vs. 504 plans, and find out what will work best for your family. Where Does It Come From? 504 plans are established via Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 while Individualized Education Programs originate from Individuals with [...]

September 25th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Breach of Contract 101

Even people not familiar with business law know that breach of contract is not a good thing. What exactly is it? Is it possible to be in breach of contract without knowing it? Join us as we explain breach of contract 101. What Is A Breach of Contract? To define it simply, a breach of contract occurs when one person involved in the contract fails to meet or fulfill at least one of the conditions of the contract. Although, there can be a breach of contract on multiple levels The breach may occur on either side, but common examples include [...]

September 18th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , , |

Employment Contracts in Florida

Employment agreements are contractual relationships, whether or not there is a signed paper contract. In this day and age, however, it is smart to put together an employment contract. Most of the time, a contract simply ensures that everybody is on the same page. Read on to learn all you need to know about employment contracts. What Are Employment Contracts? Contracts are agreements between two or more parties that set out the conditions of that agreement. Employment contracts do just that, with a job or employment arrangement.  The employer and the employee sit down and outline the terms of employment. [...]

September 11th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

DCF 101: What Is The Department of Children & Families? (Part Two)

The Department of Children & Families, also known as the DCF, provides many services for the residents of Florida. Last week we broke down many of the services offered, but there are still more to get through. This week, continue reading the various services that the DCF provides to the state. Foster Care Foster care can be a tumultuous process for everyone involved, which is why the DCF provides a number of resources about fostering for both potential and current foster parents. These resources include instructions on how to become a foster parent as well as ways that individuals can [...]

DCF 101: What Is The Department of Children & Families? (Part One)

The DCF is the Department of Children & Families; every state has one, and they work on a number of goals. The Florida DCF lists its mission as “protecting the vulnerable, promoting strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advancing personal and family recovery and resiliency.” In this post, we break down what exactly the Department of Children & Families does by reviewing the various services they provide, as well as examining how these services help Floridians. Abuse Hotlines The state of Florida has a toll-free number that you can call (1-800-962-2873) or fax (1-800-914-0004), as well as an online reporting [...]

IDEA: What Every Parent Needs To Know

IDEA stands for The Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act. It is designed to ensure that children with disabilities have access to a quality education and that the education is appropriate to their disability. Read on to learn what exactly IDEA is and the rights it affords you and your child. IDEA helps schools build increasingly diverse classrooms. What is IDEA? Congress passed IDEA in 1975. They designed the legislation to give free appropriate public education to children with disabilities. The act covers children from birth all the way until high school graduation or age 21, whichever comes [...]

August 13th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , , |

How to Handle School-Related Issues as a Divorced Parent

Trying to co-parent with an ex-spouse can be challenging, especially when it comes to school for the children involved. The best way to deal with school issues, as with any co-parenting considerations, is through communication. Read on to learn the best ways handle school-related issues as a divorced parent. Pick-Up & Drop-Off It is important that your child, their teacher, and administration know what the pick-up and drop-off schedule is. This is especially important if your child is in elementary or middle school. Make sure to discuss the schedule with your ex-partner and work out something that is both workable [...]

August 6th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , , , , |

5 FAQs for International Adoption

    *Please note - Thompson Law does not offer international adoption services. However, we often get questions regarding this topic, and the article below is provided for informational purposes. Intercountry adoptions, or international adoption, is quite simply the process of adopting a child from another country. In 2018, according to the U.S. Department of State, there were 4,059 intercountry adoptions to the United States. Since 1999, international adoption has experienced a steady decline. This decline (mostly in China) is the result of an improvement in economic circumstances and a desire to create permanent domestic programs for orphaned children to [...]

July 28th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

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