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Monthly Archives: September 2017

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Are There any Valid Reasons for Failing to Pay Child Support?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Some of the most difficult issues that parents must cope with when going through a divorce relate to child custody. Although courts favor ordering joint custody, which gives parents equal physical and legal custody of their children, this is not always possible. In these cases, the non-custodial parent is required to pay child support… Read More »

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Who can Make Medical Decisions for a Child?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Child custody is broken down into two parts, physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody refers to the actual amount of time each parent spends with a child. Parents who have joint custody of their children, for example, would share roughly equal time with them. Legal custody, on the other hand, involves the authority… Read More »

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Florida’s Divorce-Related Residency Requirements

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In Florida, it is generally much easier to get married than it is to obtain a divorce. There are, for instance, very specific rules about where a couple lives that dictate whether they can obtain a divorce. Getting married, on the other hand, has no such requirements, so non-residents only need to pick up… Read More »

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Interspousal Gifts

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

When a couple is unable to come to an agreement about the division of certain assets, family courts will step in and divide the parties’ marital property equitably. Equitably, however, does not always mean that the assets will be divided equally, as courts take a number of different factors into consideration before making a… Read More »

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The Different Types of Paternity Tests

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In Florida, paternity can only be established in certain ways. For instance, if a mother was married at the time of a child’s birth, then her husband will be presumed to be the father. Otherwise, both parents must sign an acknowledgement of paternity at the hospital. Fortunately, even if a father was not married… Read More »

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Embryos and Divorce

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Going through a divorce with children of any age can be emotional and complicated, regardless of whether the separation was amicable or contentious. Fortunately, there are state laws in place that help ensure that couples come up with a custody arrangement or visitation schedule that is in the best interests of the children. The… Read More »

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Marital Property vs Separate Property

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In some situations, property division is the most difficult part of a divorce, especially for couples who do not have a valid prenuptial agreement in place or who are unable to come to an out-of-court settlement. In these cases, it is often necessary for a court to step in and divide the property in… Read More »

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Virtual Visitation in Florida

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

As technology becomes ever more advanced, the ways in which we are able to communicate with each other constantly change. In Florida, child custody laws have begun to reflect these changes. For instance, Florida is one of the few states to pass legislation that allows family law courts to order virtual visitation, in which… Read More »

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