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    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|

    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|

    The Pitt/Jolie custody battle enters new stage

    Many Floridians know that divorce issues between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been hitting the national news for two years now. The pair recently consulted with a child custody evaluator, and they may have finally come to an agreement regarding the custody of their six kids. While those details have not yet been released, it is assumed the Pitt and Jolie understanding could be temporary. Right now, however, there is no need for a previously scheduled custody hearing. The two reportedly worked out a compromise in June so the children could enjoy separate vacation plans with mom in London [...]

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

    What custodial parents should know about relocating

    Custodial parents who choose to move to or away from Florida may need to ask a few questions before doing so. For example, it is important to consider whether the child is going to be better off in his or her new home. In some cases, being closer to grandparents or other family members isn't the same as being close to the noncustodial parent.Parents should be ready to justify the move and be willing to accommodate the noncustodial parent. This may require a willingness to adjust a visitation plan to allow for longer visits during school breaks. Generally speaking, the [...]

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

    What exactly is a Guardian ad Litem?

    Divorce proceedings are an emotional prospect with child custody being one of the more emotional issues. Children are often caught in the middle and don’t always have a voice in the proceedings or outcome. A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) plays an important role for children, or in some cases a mentally incompetent individual, that may be involved in the court system.  Responsibilities of a Guardian ad Litem A GAL is a lawyer or other professional appointed to impartially represent the specific needs of a child or children throughout a court proceeding, such as in a divorce or child abuse case. [...]

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

    Joint custody is often best for kids of divorced parents

    There are typically several aspects of life that can be difficult for families of divorce in Florida. One of the most important issues to figure out is how child custody issues will work for everyone concerned. If parents can find common ground when it comes to their children, it will likely make matters easier. A psychologist performed an in-depth analysis of research and scientific data about various forms of child custody and parenting plans. The researcher was particularly interested in the effects of shared parenting on the youngest children. Ultimately, he found that joint custody is best for kids of [...]

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

    The role of DNA testing in paternity cases

    DNA testing is a common method used to resolve cases in Florida involving paternity issues, especially when child support is being sought by a custodial parent. Oftentimes, results can mean the difference between being required to make support payments and being relieved of the obligation to do so. While no DNA test is completely accurate at 100 percent, the outcome of these tests comes very close at 99.9 percent certainty when performed at a facility that's AABB (American Association of Blood Banks) accredited or approved. If parents are unmarried when a child is conceived, paternity is not automatically assumed. In [...]

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

    The holidays season after divorce for parents and children

    When Florida parents go through a divorce or a separation, the holidays can be hard for them and their children. All of them may be feeling any number of emotions that could include anger, sadness, loss and betrayal. However, parents need to set those emotions aside so they can concentrate on their children and make sure their holidays are happy.Family and friends or professionals, such as therapists, can help parents work through their emotions at this time so they do not direct them at their ex-spouse. It is important that instead of trying to punish the other parent by keeping [...]

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

    Divorcing parents consider new take on joint custody

    When Florida parents consider divorce, they may be concerned about how the end of their marriage will affect their children. Joint or shared custody is an increasingly popular solution for families and within the legal system. In most cases, children travel between their parents' homes on a regular basis, and their parents share responsibility for and time with the children. However, the transitional period immediately after the divorce can be a harsh adjustment, especially if a move for both parents could mean changing schools in the middle of the year. As a result, many parents are looking for solutions that [...]

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

    Parents, visitation and temporary child custody

    When Florida parents of minor children are ending their marriage, temporary child custody orders might be put in place. These may become permanent after the divorce is final. There are a number of other reasons temporary child custody orders might be necessary including when a parent is incapacitated, when a parent is financially unable to care for a child or when there have been abuse allegations against the parent. Grandparents, godparents, cousins, family friends or other family members might get temporary custody of a child in these circumstances. Whoever has custody, the order will usually spell out a few important [...]

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

    What custodial parents are responsible for

    Custodial parents in Florida and across the United States serve as the primary caregiver to their children. However, they generally don't have the right to shut the noncustodial parent out of a child's life. A court may order that the noncustodial parent has visitation or other rights to the child. If a custodial parent wishes to take the child out of his or her home state, the noncustodial parent may need to be notified.Updating the other parent on the whereabouts of the child may be necessary whether the parent is moving or simply going on vacation. In many cases, both [...]

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

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