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Has social media been a factor in your divorce?

Social media can be a great way to communicate with family and friends, as well as network for business and express your ideas. For some people, though, there is a risk of overusing or inappropriately using platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and more and more people blame social media for their marital problems.

Petitioning for a child custody order in Florida

If you are a parent going through divorce or separation in Florida, then you don't necessarily have to go to court in order to agree on a workable parenting plan with your co-parent. Many divorcing spouses or former unmarried partners can avoid the cost of court by reaching an out-of-court agreement.

How to establish paternity in Florida

Whether you're a mother in need of court-ordered child support payments, or you're a father trying to assert your right to spend time with your child, legally establishing paternity can be extremely important in child custody proceedings.

Child custody doesn't always have to be a win-or-lose situation

Children want and need both of their parents, but historically child custody has been handled in the courts in such a way as to make the parents adversaries. This creates a situation in which one parent wins and the other parent loses. Despite the court's intention of protecting the child's best interests, the win-or-lose approach too often greatly limits a loving and capable parent's time with the child.

New custody provisions protect rights of parents in the military

Military families can face specific kinds of challenges in child custody disputes. Because service members are so often deployed and redeployed, it is possible that judges in multiple jurisdictions will have a say in divorce and child custody matters.

Divorcing parents need legal counsel with understanding and empathy

You don't have to look far to find stories of celebrities going through contentious and expensive divorces, often involving heated and public disputes over child custody and property division. The stories are so headline-grabbing that one might have the impression that every divorce has to unfold as a court battle.

Under what circumstances can a non-parent get custody of a child?

Florida family law presumes that a child's parents are best suited to care for the child. The law also presumes that the parents should have parental rights. In some extremely difficult cases, however, a court may require the biological parents to relinquish custody of their child. Each one of these cases is unique, and every parent facing this situation should have experienced legal counsel.

Parents must use proper legal channels in child custody disputes

For many people, divorce is the most difficult experience in life, and the emotional and legal process of ending a marriage can be particularly trying if the spouses disagree over child custody. When a custody order is already in place while the divorce is being finalized, it is extremely important that parents abide by that order. Failing to do so can have negative consequences for everyone involved.

What are the legal requirements for custodial parents who want to relocate?

Occasionally child custody arrangements have to be modified because the custodial parent wants to relocate with the child. Sometimes both parents agree to the move; other times they don't. Here let's go over the requirements relocating parents must satisfy under Florida law.

How is paternity established in Florida?

The question of paternity comes up in many family law cases. In Florida, when the parents of a child are married, generally nothing needs to be done to prove paternity. However, when the parents are not married, paternity can be established in three ways: a paternity acknowledgment form signed by both parents, an administrative paternity order, or a judicial paternity order.

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