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    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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