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If a Mother has Sufficient Financial Resources to Raise a Child, Why is it Important to Establish Paternity?

Children need more than just financial support, even when their parents never formed a permanent relationship. Having a medical history of both parents can potentially save the life of a child in an emergency. Many biological fathers have a strong interest in the lives of their children, even if they cannot contribute financially. Florida paternity Read More

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How Can I Accurately Calculate Child Support for Special Needs Children in Florida?

Florida divorce law places a primary focus on addressing all the needs of children when determining the details of divorce settlements. Toward that goal, the courts provide excellent tools to help parents identify the financial needs of their children — including considerations involving the need for anything from medical care to special schooling. However, it Read More

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Modification of Timesharing Plan is inappropriate as Sanction for Contempt

Often the Court is faced with the question of what sanction they should impose on a parent who is found in contempt of court for a violation of a parenting plan. As The Third District Court of Appeal recently found in the case of  Andre vs. Abreu, one sanction the Court cannot impose is a modification of Read More

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Biological Father Has Standing To Rebut Presumption That The Mother’s Husband Is The Legal Father

On June 28th, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that a biological father has standing to rebut the common law presumption that the mother’s husband is the legal father of a child born to an intact marriage. The Court ruled that the biological father must show that he has “manifested a substantial and continuing concern” for Read More

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Same Sex Custody Issue

Same sex marriage is now the law of the land. However, there are still many unanswered questions as to the rights of each “parent” when a same sex marriage or relationship ends. The 2nd District Court of Appeal recently decided the case of RUSSELL v. PASIK, 40 Fla. L. Weekly D2313a. This case involved a Read More

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Factors the Court Must Consider If You Seek to Relocate With Your Minor Child(ren)

Unless an agreement has been entered a parent or other person seeking relocation must file a petition to relocate and serve it upon the other parent, and every other person entitled to access to or time-sharing with the child. Below are the factors the Court must consider. a. The nature, quality, extent of involvement, and duration Read More

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Vacation Planning For Divorced Families

Many of Florida’s divorced parents enjoy an equal or near-equal share of time with their children. A parenting plan should allow for parents to take their children on vacation with a bit of negotiation. When planning a vacation that involves extensive or international travel, it is a good idea to prepare well in advance, so Read More

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Are you a Disney Dad?

The role of the divorced father has evolved over the last 20 years. In most modern divorces, both parents share in the responsibilities of parenting the children they share, if not equally then nearly so. Florida modified the language of its divorce-related statutes to reflect the change in philosophy — from custody to time-sharing.  The Read More

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The Hague Convention And International Relocation Issues

The Hague convention governs nearly all European countries and is the primary mechanism for preventing the kidnapping and disappearance of children by their parents. This multilateral treaty prevents abduction and retention of children by demanding the immediate return of children whose parents have transported them across international borders without the permission of the second parent. Read More

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Tips For The Handoff — Easing A Child’s Transition Between Parents

Florida’s approach to the management of children after divorce is clearly reflected in the language of the related statutes. The concept of time-sharing replaced custody a few years ago with the intention of equalizing parents in their post-divorce child-rearing responsibilities. These days, it is not uncommon for children to divide their time equally between their Read More

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