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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: , |

Vacationing With Your Ex-Spouse: A Do or a Don’t?

Summer is on the horizon and vacation planning is in full swing. When you’re divorced or separated, family vacations get complicated. At one point or another, you may have asked yourself “Should my Ex and I take our children on a vacation together?” It’s a fair question and honorable that you’re trying to keep some normalcy for the children. It does feel as if every divorced celebrity couple is taking to social media to profess their good-naturedness about their demise of their marriage with “vacation selfies.” As blended families become more commonplace, many dynamics are changing and creating a new [...]

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

The Benefits and Risks of Starting a Joint Venture

If you own a business, big or small, you might come across an opportunity for a joint venture (JV). Businesses can use joint ventures to strengthen long-term relationships or to collaborate on short-term projects. A famous and very successful JV was with Google and NASA and their development of Google Earth. However, as with all business dealings, joint ventures do come with some risks. Let’s review the pros and cons of embarking on a JV. The benefits of joint ventures Access to new markets and distribution networks Increased capacity Sharing of risks and costs with a partner Access to greater [...]

July 15th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

What is an Emotional Divorce and Why It’s a Bad Idea

There’s nothing more sentimental than to witness the love between two people on their wedding day. Intentions and promises, however, are not enough keep a marriage together. Soon, the complexities that come with personality differences, child rearing, or financial issues can quickly chip away at newlywed bliss. In fact, about 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce. However, some couples are turning to a new arrangement of sorts – an “emotional divorce.” Types of Separation Marital separation is either legal, which involves the court system, housing and financial changes, and custody arrangements if children are [...]

July 8th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: |

What To Know Before You Sign A Non-Compete

  Think noncompetition agreements are just for top executives? Think again. Though non-competes are often found in high-skill, high-paying jobs, they are now standard practice across industries. From coffee shops to technology recruitment, companies are finding it more critical to protect their market share and intellectual property. According to a survey in 2014, 1 in 5 employees were bound by non-competes, and nearly 40% had signed at least one non-compete in the past. The world is only moving faster so you can imagine that number now is likely much higher. Fortunately, as an employee, you have rights, too. Keep reading [...]

June 24th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , , |

8 Resources for Adoption Funding

You know you want to adopt, but you’re quickly finding that adoption comes at a high cost. There are plenty of financial hurdles in the adoption process, and sometimes the funds don’t come easy. In fact, many people have had to face the devastating truth that they may not be able to afford adoption. Though this can be crushing, you shouldn’t despair if this happens to you. There are plenty of adoption loans and grants in place that help people cover the high costs of adoption. With the help of different foundations and organizations, you can be one step closer [...]

June 17th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , , |

When is a Guardian ad Litem Needed?

A guardian ad litem, or "GAL" serves as a voice for the most vulnerable.  Their primary goal is to find a permanent, loving, and most of all safe home for children in crisis. For instance, children that have been abused, neglected, abandoned, or sometimes trapped in the middle of a brutal custody battle. In a child custody case, a guardian ad litem investigates the parties’ parenting-related allegations and makes recommendations to the judge, such as recommending which party should receive custody (primary care). The judge usually follows the recommendations. Because of this, a GAL can drastically change the dynamic of [...]

June 10th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

5 Tips For Visitation After Divorce

Divorce is a confusing time fraught with uncertainty and upheaval. Sadly, it can be especially difficult when children are involved. In order to make it easier on them, divorced parents must collaborate in order to make the visitation process positive. Show a united front for the children so that they will feel confident and comfortable during this difficult time. Just like air travel, when turbulence happens in flight, we look to the pilot and flight attendants for reassurance. Here are some thoughts and ideas to ensure that your visits are pleasant for everyone. Stay positive. Be upbeat when discussing the [...]

May 21st, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

Florida Resources for Children on the Spectrum

Are you wearing your blue this month? April is World Autism Month and, at Thompson Law, we pledge to help increase understanding and acceptance of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We understand the struggles Florida parents face when their children have genuine obstacles that make it difficult for them to grow and learn. Here are some resources that are available to families with a child on the spectrum. Early Screening 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), according to the 2018 CDC research. More specifically, 1 in 37 boys and 1 in [...]

April 5th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: |

6 Steps To Start A Small Business

We are a country of dreamers. Great ideas (and lots of not so great ideas) are abundant. Have you ever watched an episode of Shark Tank? So how many of these “great ideas” actually succeed as a business in the long-run? Not many. In fact, only one out of every 10 startups will succeed. That number is bleak and could be discouraging to some bright entrepreneurs, but it’s important to know the statistics and learn from other people’s failures. And while 90% of businesses fail for a whole spectrum of reasons out of their control, we’ve compiled some simple steps [...]

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

What You Should Know about Marital Property Division

The law recognizes any property or assets accumulated during the marriage as shared or marital. If it comes to divorce, the shared property should be divided fairly and equitably (that doesn’t apply to properties and assets in your ownership before the marriage). You might be wondering about the best way to divide accumulated assets and shared properties. Any reliable and experienced lawyer will tell you that an honest and fair approach is the smartest strategy you can have. The other party may hire a forensic accountant who can track all your hidden assets easily. That may disrupt the chances for [...]

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

10 Quick Facts about Alimony

If you are looking to find out as much as possible about alimony in several minutes, take a look at our quick facts guide below. 1.      What Is Alimony? Alimony is a form of financial support or “maintenance” that the spouse who earns significantly more pays to the other spouse after the divorce. 2.      Can Alimony Be Temporary? In some cases, the spouses may agree, or the judge may order that the alimony is paid until a certain date. Temporary alimony may also be ordered during the divorce in special situations, such as one of the spouses refusing to provide [...]

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

When one parent denies access to the children

Florida parents who have a contentious relationship with a former partner may find themselves being denied visitation with or access to their children. While it is uncommon for family courts to deny visitation rights to a parent absent serious questions of neglect or abuse, the other parent might take it upon themselves to do so. In some cases, custodial parents may cite transportation problems, convenience issues or a difficulty working with the other parent's employment schedule. While failure to pay child support can lead to significant penalties, these do not usually include loss of visitation rights. However, an angry parent [...]

February 12th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

Tips for creating an effective parenting schedule

Florida parents who are going through a divorce might need to make a parenting schedule. This schedule deals with when the child is with each parent. If exes cannot agree on an arrangement, they may have to go to court. However, some parents will find that a judge's schedule leaves them with even less child time than they were originally offered in negotiations. Courts generally base custody decisions on the child's best interests, and parents should do so as well. A custody schedule should help ensure that the kid is able to maintain a healthy relationship with both parents. This [...]

January 28th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

Tips for regaining child custody

One of the most upsetting experiences Florida parents can go through is losing custody of their children, whether this happens as a result of divorce or in some other circumstance. Children may be placed with the other parent, with relatives or even in foster care. However, there are things parents can do to try to regain custody of their children. First, the parent must consider the situation objectively and work out why the judge believed denying custody was in the best interests of the child. This could be because someone said the parent was abusive or neglectful, because the parent [...]

January 25th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

Planning for the school year after a divorce

Parents in Florida who decide to divorce may be concerned about how their decision to end their marriage could affect their children's education. Every new school year is accompanied by change and the excitement and apprehension that can surround it, and it also brings new teachers, classes and even friends. When parents have divorced before their kids go back to school, there are opportunities to bring these times of transition together in order to support the children and their academic achievement. Parents and children can come together to make a plan for the year to come. They can discuss issues [...]

January 25th, 2019|Categories: child custody, Florida Legal Blog|

How divorce impacts a child’s long-term behavior

Parents considering divorce are oftentimes concerned about how divorce will affect their children. Some unhappy couples stay together long after their marriage has died for their children’s sake. However, plenty of research has been conducted to analyze divorce and its impact on children’s behavior in various environments. Children growing up in a once held-together home often have a difficult time adjusting to a parental split, especially when there is high-amounts of stress and hostility. A child’s emotional stability is damaged when parents distant themselves from their children through reduced affection, quality-time, and over punishing reactions. School behavior Divorce has been [...]

January 25th, 2019|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|

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