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Coronavirus Impact On Joint Custody

It's fair to say that joint custody is a hard won battle. After all, most custody arrangements include some sort of division on parental obligations. Compromise is healthy for functioning joint custody arrangements. But, how exactly does a custody hand-off work during a pandemic? The focus of our article today is to shed light on how the coronavirus may impact your joint custody. Remember the times where you could just switch custody days at will? That was a great benefit of joint custody. Notice the past tense. The coronavirus is reshaping the world with every infection. Children are now home [...]

April 16th, 2020|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , , |

Pros and Cons Of Mainstreaming A Special Education Student

People who are already parents to a special education student are likely very familiar with the concept of mainstreaming. The federal IDEA legislation requires mainstreaming, so it is important for both education professionals as well as parents to know all about mainstreaming. This week we are exploring mainstreaming. Read on to learn the pros and cons of the process as well as what exactly mainstreaming is. Mainstreaming Defined Essentially, it means placing a special education student in a classroom alongside peers who do not have any disabilities. Usually, mainstreaming is not for student’s entire schedule. It is totally suitable to [...]

March 30th, 2020|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , , |

The Adoption Process Step-By-Step

Adoption is an amazing process that connects children who need a home with parents who want a child. However, the adoption process itself is fraught with forked paths and confusing instructions. This week, we are breaking down the adoption process into understandable steps to help potential parents understand. Read on to review the adoption process step-by-step. Disclaimer As stated above, the adoption process is highly complicated and there are many different possible paths. This article is intended as a general guide for the adoption process, not a precise map. Step One: Decide On The Type Of Adoption You Want There [...]

March 23rd, 2020|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

Contract Disputes In Hollywood, Part Two

Every industry has contracts, which come in many varieties: written, oral, formal, informal…the list can go on. The film industry in particular has a long and storied history of contracts. This means that the industry also has a long and storied history of contract disputes. This week we are continuing our exploration of contract disputes in Hollywood. Read on to learn more about modern Hollywood contract disputes and how they ended. Suit: George Miller Vs. Warner Brothers George Miller is the author of the Mad Max series, which got a revamp in 2015 with Mad Max: Fury Road. The broad [...]

March 16th, 2020|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , , |

Contract Disputes In Hollywood, Part One

Every industry has contracts of some sort: written, oral, formal, informal…the list can go on. Hollywood and the film industry have a long and storied history of contracts. This means that the industry also has a long and storied history of contract disputes. This week we are exploring contract disputes in Hollywood. Read on to learn about Hollywood’s long history of contracts and some modern Hollywood contract disputes. The Studio System The studio system in Hollywood is perhaps the grandmother of intense contracts. Stars in the system were milked for all they were worth, and their contracts were all consuming. [...]

March 9th, 2020|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , , |

Hiring Paperwork: Employment Contracts & NDAs

All of the paperwork that goes into a new person entering a business seems overwhelming. However, the two most important documents among all of the possible options are employment contracts and non-disclosure agreements. What exactly goes into those documents though? Whether you are a new employee or a business owner, it is important to know what exactly NDAs and employment contracts contain. Employment Contracts The state of Florida does not technically require employment contracts. However, operating without an employment contract is a rather dicey path to walk. No matter how unnecessary an employment contract feels, they are a completely necessary [...]

February 19th, 2020|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

Myths About Special Education

Last week, we discussed some myths about gifted students, and this week, we are expanding that discussion to myths about special education. Special education is viewed as a negative thing by many parents. However, special education classrooms provide a supportive atmosphere for students who have alternative education needs. Read on to learn all about myths about special education and why those myths are getting busted. Special Education Classes Are For Students With Severe Disabilities A majority of students in special education actually do not have severe disabilities of any kind. Most students who receive education have a specific learning disability such [...]

February 12th, 2020|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

Myths About Giftedness

We have written about giftedness as a type of special education in the past. The “gifted” label is a potentially confusing one, so many myths spring up around giftedness. These myths often seem good, but often lead to a variety of issues for gifted children in reality. This week, we are debunking those myths and pointing out more realistic expectations. Read on to learn exactly which myths about giftedness we’ll be busting. Gifted Students Can't Get Bad Grades There are a wide range of reasons that a gifted student receives bad grades. First and foremost, gifted students who are bored [...]

February 5th, 2020|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

What Does Being Gifted Really Mean?

All information for this article is sourced from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).  There are many types of alternative education, including gifted education. While many parents want their child to be gifted, a gifted child often has unique struggles and challenges. So what exactly does it mean to be gifted? Read on to learn key traits of gifted children, as well as to learn exactly what being gifted means. The Definition of Gifted The current definition for giftedness varies from state to state, and even by county. However, the federal government has an established definition of giftedness that [...]

January 20th, 2020|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , , , |

Tips For A Smooth Divorce Settlement

Everybody knows the statistics about divorce in America, and they aren’t great. With the pretty high chance of divorce, there is an entire industry and around assisting couples through separation. However, this means that the cost of getting a divorce is ever growing. How do couples afford the mounting costs? More and more people are turning to divorce settlement rather than litigation. Read on to learn our top tips to ensure a smooth divorce settlement. Expect The Worst, Hope For The Best When it comes to divorce proceedings, tensions run high. You think you know your spouse, but many people's [...]

January 13th, 2020|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

Divorce Counseling: An Important Tool

A wide range of people know about couples counseling and family therapy. However, there is a useful mental health tool that many people don’t know about: divorce counseling. Divorce counseling is actually helpful in many cases, especially for families with children. Read on to learn all about divorce counseling and how this useful mental health tool improves a difficult time. Why Do Couples Need Divorce Therapy? A divorce represents a fairly significant loss – the loss of a relationship. Losing a relationship is more than just ending romantic relationships with an individual. It is the ending of the time and [...]

January 6th, 2020|Categories: Florida Legal Blog|Tags: , |

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: , |

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