Divorce and Family Law Blog

Child Visitation Rights During Divorce

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The divorce process can take a considerable amount of time. If there are disputed issues, divorce can take years to be fully finalized. While you and your former spouse are working out the details, you may wonder how the process will affect your children and your ability to spend time with them.

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Pets and Divorce: Is Visitation Possible?

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Divorces are often painful for everyone involved. While property division and child custody get a lot of attention, one item often gets overlooked—the family pet. For many people, particularly those who do not have children, their pets are a vital part of the household dynamic. In fact, one study indicates that dog owners consider their dogs to have equal in status in the family to their children. The term “pet parents” instead of “pet owners” is becoming more commonplace.

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Softening the Edges of Divorce in Florida

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Can collaborative divorce smooth the way for uncoupling in Florida?

Divorce is never pleasant, but the relatively recent concept of collaborative divorce (sometimes known as advanced mediation) has been designed around the idea that couples can restructure their lives while limiting both acrimony and expense. After years of combative divorces throughout the country, many professionals, from lawyers and judges to psychiatrists and counselors, have looked for ways to make the dissolution of a marriage less traumatic for all involved. This is particularly important when there are children in the mix, who so often lose their footing in the undertow of parental dispute.

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Spousal Abuse and Family Law: How Does One Affect the Other?

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Spousal abuse or child abuse can have a significant effect on a divorce and child custody or visitation issues. The most profound effect, however, is on the emotional aspects of the processes. Health and safety concerns are at the forefront of the proceedings, even more so than the average case. Domestic abuse can affect the outcome of both your divorce and any custody disputes.

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Guardian Ad Litem: The Basics

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Children are an important part of many family law disputes. Unfortunately, however, they are not able to voice their opinions and preferences in a meaningful way in many circumstances. Even when they do, they may not fully understand or appreciate which plan of action will really be in their best interests over the long term. In addition, parents sometimes cannot separate their own needs and wants from what is best for their children as well. In these situations, using a Guardian Ad Litem is often a good idea.

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Questioning Your Paternity in Florida

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How can paternity be disestablished in Florida?

From ancient times, paternity has been an issue since the biological mother of a child is a verifiable phenomenon, but the biological father may, in some cases remain a mystery. Two recent facts have complicated this confusion: [1] it has become much more acceptable for a woman to have a baby without being married or even in a committed relationship and [2] modern medical advances have made it possible to have babies through sperm donors, often anonymous donors not related biologically to the child.

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